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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2015

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species:
BAP species; Dingy Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, White Admiral, Grayling, Small Heath, Wall Brown
Others; Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor

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We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk.
email them to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
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If you see a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.


Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 26 Thomas Crescent, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2HN or to
 

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
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August        
         
28 Aug Hummingbird Hawkmoth (photo click here)  Same on as on 25th? but this time in sunshine.  Also Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Large White 3 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
27 Aug On footpath, 4:37 pm,  Single Wall Brown, feeding on Knapweed.  (photo click here) Orford Marshes TM 4351451524 Paul Wigens
25 Aug 6.30 pm, slight drizzle, 16o C  Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding on buddleia SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
24 Aug Painted lady basking on reptile survey 'mat' today just south of Southwold Harbour Southwold Harbour TM4972975317 John Baker
23 Aug As already recorded, a helice Clouded Yellow and two normal  at East Lane on 23rd. Also a variant female Common Blue and a variant Small Copper (photos click here) East Lane Bawdsey   Bill Plumb
23 Aug A very windy morning, 10+ common blues plus two clouded yellows including this one (photo click here) v helice East Lane Bawdsey   Roger Seaman
22 Aug Saw 3 Clouded Yellows inc. a mating pair.  Also a few Common Blues & several Whites.  East Lane Bawdsey   Jen Saunders
22 Aug Angles Way,at the Sluice off SWT Carlton Marshes Butterflies seen, 2 Wall Browns, 7 Holly Blue, 6 Gatekeeper, 8 L/W, 12 S/W, 9 Peacock, 4 S/Tortoiseshell, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Wall Brown Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
22 Aug Painted Lady 2, Red Admiral 2, Large White 4 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
22 Aug This morning we parked in front of a large Buddleia to buy a newspaper at the newsagent in Main Road, Kesgrave.   From the car I soon saw 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma and 2/3 Painted Ladies.  More significantly, however, there was a Humming-bird Hawkmoth, the first we’ve seen for a long time.   Kesgrave TM235460 Jenny Plank
21 Aug This is owned by the Dunwich Town Trust and open to the public so if anyone feels like visiting when passing the Trust would be interested in any records (put them up on here).  If you look on Google satellite you can see the entry track in beside the first house (on the left) on the road in from Westelton  There is a small pull in for parking almost opposite.  Grayling 30+, Meadow Brown 20+, Gatekeeper 10+ Small Heath 3, Large White 3, Small White 1, Peacock 1,   Gallows Field Dunwich TM470701 Andrew Leng
21 Aug In the garden on Seratostigma plumbaginoides a female Brimstone but a male was on a buddleia.  Buddleias also had Red Admirals and Peacocks and a Hummingbird Hawk Moth.  Gatekeepers on Mint but nothing is using the verbena bonariensis this year. Theberton TM446334 Andrew Leng
21 Aug Encouraged to see 2 Painted Ladies through here on the farm today. Hopefully more to come if winds stay southerly     Dan Monk
19 Aug I went to East Lane and then Orford and walked along sea wall to Chantry Point on Sat 8th August and Mon 17th August in search of Wall Browns but didn’t see any at either location.   However, on Wed. 19th August I had 3 Wall Browns in the churchyard of Orford Church; feeding on knapweed, landing on the ground and on the grave stones. Orford Churchyard   Debbie Broom
19 Aug Eleven different butterfly species were seen at the nature reserve.  Common Blue 50+, Comma 1, Painted Lady 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Brown Argus 1, Gatekeeper 20, Meadow Brown 10, Small Skipper 1, Green-veined White 1 and numerous Large and Small White. Landguard NR   David and Lilian Pitt
19 Aug In a very short distance from the ferry we saw Common Blue 20 ( including one female) and Painted Lady 1. Felixstowe Ferry   David and Lilian Pitt
19 Aug Walked from Brockford station down the line to the more wooded area this morning, sun was emerging from behind clouds. Saw about 15 Gatekeepers, 2 each of Small and Large White, 6 Green Veined White and a pale female Meadow Brown.  No Speckled Woods which I expected to find this month, I gather they are scarcer this year? Brockford TM129659 Geraldine Smith
19 Aug I visited three sites at and near Bawdsey today but no Wall Browns were seen.  I did see the following in the fine weather:- Clouded Yellow 3, Common Blue 8, Brown Argus 1, Painted Lady 1, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, plus a few whites and Gatekeepers.  (There have ben no reports to Sightings of Wall Brown at East Lane this year.  Maybe they are now lost from this site after the storms two years ago and the subsequent coastal defence work) Bawdsey, East Lane   Martin Peers
19 Aug Common Blue 10, Holly Blue 1, Brown Argus 3, Small Copper 2, Grayling 2, also a few whites, Gatekeepers & single Peacock and Meadow Brown. Shingle Street TM3642 Martin Peers
19 Aug Small Copper 5, Grayling 60+, Small Heath 3, Gatekeeper 2 Upper Hollesley Common TM3347 Martin Peers
17 Aug 3 Wall Brown plus 4 Holly Blues enjoying the afternoon sunshine where we saw them ten days ago. Somerleyton Marshes   David and Lilian Pitt
17 Aug A short stroll around the north end of Barnardiston produced 1 Common Blue, 2 Meadow Browns, 2 Large Whites, 1 Small White & 2 Brimstones (photo click here) Barnardiston  TL719497 Simon Jeffs
19 Aug In very brief sunny spell at 3.20pm one Clouded Yellow of the form helice (worn and not flying particularly well) on the main track running alongside the pools nearly fell prey to the hunting dragonflies which seemed to be despatching the numerous Whites with ease.  Also along the track 4 other Clouded Yellow, 5 Painted Lady (4 immaculate). Bawdsey, East Lane   Dan Monk
16 Aug Whilst surveying a private west Suffolk site this morning I stopped and spoke with one of the site's gamekeepers.  Whilst we were chatting we both saw a large"flappy" butterfly approach us along the track where we were standing.  The butterfly flew past us and then circled the gamekeeper's 4x4 vehicle.  At this point I was able to see it was a Swallowtail.  I tracked it briefly through binoculars noting several features which strongly suggested it was the European race gorganus- very pale yellow, almost white in bright sunlight with the dark markings being finer and less extensive.  The butterfly flew away strongly to the north west.  This is my first ever Suffolk Swallowtail! West Suffolk TL76 Bill Stone
16 Aug 5 Common Blue males, 1 female Brown Argus, 1 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady, & a few Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Whites & Skippers. Pakenham Churchyard   Jen Saunders
16 Aug 13 tatty Silver Washed Fritillaries Pakenham Wood.   Jen Saunders.
16 Aug A walk around on the 15/8 produced 21 Speckled Wood, 3 Holly Blue, 2 Painted lady, Red Admiral, Small Skipper, 12 Common Blue, 30+ Gatekeeper, 25+ Meadow Brown, 11 Small White, 3 Large White, Comma, 4 peacock. Stradishall Airfield   Mark Ferris
16 Aug At East Lane on Saturday morning we saw our first Clouded Yellows of the year, (3), also this unusual Painted Lady, (photo click here). East Lane   Margie & David Carter
15 Aug In the garden on Seratostigma plumbaginoides a bright new male Brimstone.  Back  on the 5th August there was a female on the same plant.  They stay feeding for along time on the plant and do not visit the buddleias which had mostly Red Admirals, some Peacocks, a couple of  Painted ladies and a Comma and a Grayling but no whites. Theberton  TM 446 334 Andrew Leng
15 Aug A walk on the heath produced 40+ Graylings.  We also saw 3 Small Heath and 2 Small Copper. Westleton Heath   David and Lilian Pitt
15 Aug Butterflies At SWT Carlton Marshes, 11 Gatekeeper,4 Holly Blue,16 Meadow Brown,11 Red Admiral 15 Peacock,5 L/W ,11 S/W,1 Painted Lady,3 Wall Brown Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
15 Aug Angles Way,at the Sluice off SWT Carlton Marshes,2 Wall Brown Butterflies (photo click here) Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
15 Aug Long walk around East Lane this morning provided plenty of butterflies including this Clouded Yellow (photo click here) East Lane   Bill Stone
15 Aug Really blessed this morning with Graylings on the heath (photo click here) Dunwich Heath   Karen Howlett
14 Aug Butterflies seen at Purdis Heath SSSI today: 8 Grayling and dozens of Common Blue. Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
14 Aug Went for a short walk in Dunwich Forest late morning today.  Cloudy at first but plenty of Gatekeepers, a dozen Meadow Brown and also Ringlets and a couple of Grayling.  The sun emerged and so did two separate White Admirals, the first we had managed to see this year.  One was chased by a Holly Blue but returned to where I could take a pic with my basic pocket camera (photo click here).  There were also 2 Speckled Woods. Dunwich Forest  TM465713 Geraldine Smith
12 Aug a single silver-washed fritillary sighted in the knapweed on the edge of Chevin’s Wood Beyton. Beyton   Joy Rham
12 Aug Found two Hummingbird hawk larvae in my wildlife patch here at Lakenheath in Suffolk today.  One only around 10mm long and this nearly fully grown one (photo click here).  First I've ever found,also found a small elephant hawk larvae as well. Lakenheath   Mark Brown
12 Aug 18.30 pm,Angles Way at the Sluice off SWT Carlton Marshes, 1 Wall Brown (photo click here) Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
12 Aug Clouded Yellow at Sizewell today, also a 'sprinkling' of Common Blues & 6-spot Burnets  (photos click here) Sizewell   Charles Cuthbert
12 Aug A very worn male silver washed fritillary seen briefly in our Bury St Edmunds garden this afternoon (photo click here). Bury St Edmunds   Tim Wesley
12 Aug An hour at Bawdsey yesterday in largely overcast conditions, resulted in the following sightings:- Small Skipper 1, Clouded Yellow 1, Large White, Small White, Small Copper 2, Common Blue 4, Gatekeeper 6, Meadow Brown 5 Regards, East Lane   Martin Peers
11 Aug SBBC Angles Way event.  A total of 13 Wall Brown seen on the walk between Beccles and Oulton Broad  TM4492  2,   TM4490 9,   TM4690 1,   TM5092 1  An overcast sky and cooling breeze resulted in very few butterflies of any species around Castle Marsh and the route to the east.  Another visit is required! Beccles to Oulton Broad   Peter Maddison
11 Aug Yesterday morning on the seawall footpath out of Felixstowe Ferry many Gatekeepers and a Painted Lady (photo click here) Felixstowe Ferry   Simon Jeffs
11 Aug Early afternoon at Landseer Park, Ipswich, many gatekeepers, 1 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, several whites including at least 1 Green-veined White but no sign of Bill Plumb's Longtail. (photos click here) Landseer Park   Simon Jeffs
11 Aug Jealous of Bill Plumb's sighting of long tailed blue, I popped over to landseer park today.  Warm but no sun although I did see a blue, it could have been anything.  One sighting of a purple hairstreak and after about 90mins the sun shone for a while then a few meadow browns and gatekeepers showed.  A few large whites and this small white.  I did note that one of several large wasp spiders had just caught, what looked like a blue, and was very quickly wrapping it in silk.  Bumped into a fellow BC Suffolk member and talked butterflies for a while.  (photos click here) Landseer Park   Trevor Goodfellow
9 Aug Clouded Yellow at Bawdsey Quay.   No Wall Browns during the last three days at East Lane to Shingle Street or Orford Chantry Marsh. Bawdsey Quay    Peter Maddison
9 Aug I went back to Chilton to check for Brown Argus and saw the following:- Small Skipper 3, Large White 8, Small White 20, Green-veined White 3, Brown Argus 4, Common Blue 6, Painted Lady, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 2, Gatekeeper 20+, Meadow Brown 40+ Chilton TL887425 Martin Peers
9 Aug At 09.30 today I found a female Long-tailed Blue.  After obtaining a couple of photographs (photos click here) I lost track of it but after searching a wide area eventually relocated it (or another?) some 200 m from the initial site (on track leading to Dereham Avenue).  The only other blue seen was a solitary Holly Blue.  Other species seen were many Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns, some whites, two Brown Argus and a Small Tortoiseshell  (Given the strong southerly winds from the last few days it's seem reasonable to consider it a potential migrant. - Bill Stone) Landseer Park, Ipswich   Bill Plumb
8 Aug Clouded Yellow (male). Field margin close to Easter Wood  – well inlan Easter Wood TL7657 Rob Parker
8 Aug Sightings along the coastal walk beside Felixstowe Ferry golf course,  18 common blues, lots of browns, whites and 2 peacocks. Felixstowe Ferry   Robert Brown
8 Aug Angles Way at the Sluice off SWT Carlton Marshes 10 Wall Browns, Gen 2 (photo click here) Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
8 Aug Only three common blues in the garden this year and this is the only female I have seen (photo click here).  It appears to be laying eggs in the flowers of black medic in the lawn.  In the garden today: 1 x brimstone, 1 x common blue, 10 x gatekeepers, 6 x meadow browns, 1 x holly blue, 1 x possibly purple hairstreak, 2 x peacock, 2 x comma, 2 x brown argus, whites and 2 x small skippers. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
8 Aug There have been far fewer butterflies in the garden this year despite buddliea, verbena, lavender, Bowles mauve etc.  We are getting further from the countryside as more is built on the outskirts of the town.  Today a surprise Common Blue plus Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 3, Comma 2, Large White 5, Small White 2, Gatekeeper1 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
8 Aug Male Brimstone – the first in a while – seen in our garden next to Wortham Ling near Diss.  Wortham Ling TM091794 Sue Sidle
8 Aug Happened upon two very friendly Grayling butterflies on a quiet stretch of the Sandlings Walk in Rendlesham Forest. Perched very obligingly on my light blue shirt & my husband’s darker blue t-shirt.  Also saw a Peacock & a Small Copper on the same stretch of path. Grid ref Rendlesham Forest TM357496 Sue Sidle
8 Aug Silver-washed Fritillary  This morning, whilst collecting up my recording equipment from a bat survey I am doing, I as extremely excited to spot a fritillary butterfly. It was very tatty but unmistakeable. True to form I'd left my camera and phone at home so missed the perfect photo opportunity it presented me, by settling on a plant two feet in front of me. After further researching species of fritillary in Suffolk, and being directed to your website, I am assuming it was a Silver Washed Fritillary. I am quite used to the more usual species of butterfly, hence this one stuck out like a sore thumb! I did dash home and head back out with a camera but it was nowhere to be found. Brandon TL7658085880 Alison Barnes
7 Aug I would like to report seeing the following butterflies in various numbers, a lovely sunny day without a cloud in the sky….   Our first Clouded Yellow of the year, Comma, Peacocks, Painted ladies. Ringlet, brown argus, gatekeeper, common blue, purple hairstreak, holly blue, small skipper, large skipper, small copper, red admiral, small heath, grayling, silver washed fritillary and purple emperor. Theberton   Robert Brown
7 Aug Common Blue 50+, Essex Skipper 1, Peacock 7, Red Admiral 3, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small Copper 3, Brown Argus 2, Meadow Brown 10, Gatekeeper 30+, Comma 5 Landguard N.R   William Brame
7 Aug It was really exciting to find 3 Wall Brown as they weren't there last week.  We also saw Holly Blue 2, Peacock 12, Comma 8,  Red Admiral 4, Speckled Wood 1, Ringlet 1, Meadow Brown 2, Brimstone 2, Green Veined White 3  plus many Small and Large Whites and numerous Gatekeepers.  (No sign of any Walls at Somerleyton Church as the area has been severely mown and tided up.) Somerleyton Marshes   David and Lilian Pitt
7 Aug A favourite walk this morning from the Froyze Inn, Chillesford to Orford – and back – via Sudbourne Park.  The hilite was a Purple Hairstreak feeding on Ragwort of all things at Sudbourne Hall.  In addition we had 1 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admirals, 3 Commas, 3 Peacocks,  3-4 Small Copper,  7 Holly Blues, 10+ Small Heath, a few Small/Essex Skippers plus numerous Large Whites, Small Whites, Gatekeepers and  Meadow Browns.   Sudbourne   Jenny & gary Plank
6 Aug The sightings from our garden and down to Friar's meadow today were as follows:- Large White 6, Small White 10, Green-veined White 6, Holly Blue 8, White-letter Hairstreak 1 (the first I have seen here since August 2012, when we had one in our garden), Red Admiral 1, Peacock 2, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 1, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 5+ Sudbury TL880413 Martin Peers
5 Aug On Buddleias in garden: faded White Admiral, Commas,  Red Admirals, Peacocks, Large Whites, Meadow Browns, Gatekeeper and a Grayling.  On Seratostigma plumbaginoides a bright new female Brimstone. Theberton TM 446 334 Andrew Leng
4 Aug 4 large White, 1 Small White, 1 Brimstone, 1 Gatekeeper male, 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral. Christchurch Park Ipswich TM163452 Julie Harrison
4 Aug An afternoon walk . Large numbers of Gate Keepers and Meadow Browns, also 4 Large White, 3 Small White, 1 Small Skipper, 4 Peacocks, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.  Carlton Marsh TM4992 Bill Whybrow
4 Aug Small Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 1, Large White 8, Small White 15, Green-veined White 5, Common Blue 3, Brown Argus 1, Small Copper 1, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 2, Comma 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Ringlet 2, Gatekeeper 24, Meadow Brown 30 Pot Kilns, Great Cornard TL890412 Martin Peers
3 Aug In the garden today there were 3 – 4 Holly Blues and another 7 in nearby Grange Meadow. Grange Meadow TM230452 Jenny & Gary Plank
2 Aug SBBC event at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary – Suffolk Branch had a lovely day at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in Stonham Barns.  We were there with other conservation organisations at their annual Save It! Conservation Event.  The event was especially popular with young families and our table of children’s activities went down well (photo click here).  Species seen (in addition to the numerous resident owls and birds of prey) were Largr White, Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma, Ringlet, Speckled Wood and some very cute meerkats!  Thanks to our SOS hosts Ros Kelsey and to SBBC volunteer Jean Baxter. Stonham Barns   Helen Saunders and Sue Sidle
2 Aug 1 Brimstone, 6 Large Whites, 1 small white, 2 Red Admirals, 1 Painted Lady, 1 common Blue, 1 Comma, 1 male Gatekeeper. Rushmere Road Ipswich TM183452 Julie Harrison
2 Aug Observed a Silver washed Fritillary on a buddleia 'Loch Inch' in the sun between 1500 and 1600, today 2.8.15 along with comma, small tortoiseshell, red admiral and peacock. Brent Eleigh CO109NR John Brydon
2 Aug Today’s highlights were 1 Small Tortoiseshell., 3 Purple Hairstreaks, 7 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 8 White Admirals and 4 Commas.  There were, of course, good numbers of all the common species especially Peacocks which were out in force but only a handful of Gatekeepers.   Bradfield Woods   Jenny & Gary Plank
2 Aug Two fresh male Brimstones seen at Lackford Lakes bioblitz, (along with 14 other species).  The first of the summer generation that I have seen this year. Lackford Lakes   Rob Parker
2 Aug Our purple loose strife is out now and it has attracted a male brimstone (photo click here) , more to follow I think, several last year.  I have planted some buckthorn since last year. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
1 Aug White-letter Hairstreak (photographed) on lawn in my garden in Holbrook Holbrook TM1666636485 David Walker
1 Aug White Admiral flying close to the ground on dirt track at Five Acres Holbrook Holbrook TM166363622 David Walker
1 Aug The meadows have been mown but there was plenty of interesting habitat left.  We saw Common Blue 14, Brown Argus 3, Small Copper 1, Purple Hairstreak 1, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 12, Essex Skipper 1, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 2, Comma 2, Gatekeeper 20 and many Meadow Brown, Large and Small Whites.  There were also too many Six Spot Burnet on the Ragwort to count. Lound Lakes   David and Lilian Pitt
1 Aug 6 plus White Admirals, good numbers of Tortoishell/Peacock/ Commas/Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns. 1 single Small Copper on Tansy and a veritable explosion of Holly Blues 12 +. No WLH,SWF or PH I’m afraid.   Brimstone caterpillars spotted on Alder Buckthorn in late May/Early June and eaten leaves seem to have disappeared unfortunately. Brimlin Wood, Chattisham TM 078409 Peter Woolley
1 Aug 3 common blues, 1 comma, lots of whites, gatekeepers, meadow browns, 3 red admirals, painted lady, 5 peacocks and 2 tortoiseshells. Bawdsey   Robert Brown
1 Aug A good day for fliers in my garden so I walked over to the cemetery the other side of the lane.  Pleased to see 3 Common Blues (first I've spotted for months) on Bird's foot trefoil plus 24 Gatekeeper, 16 Meadow Brown, 1 Essex Skipper, 4 Ringlets, 8 Peacock and 4 Speckled Wood.  Plenty of Large, Small and Green-veined White too of course.  If I had walked through the graves rather than on the paths the count would have been higher but my legs would have been scratched with brambles!  In the garden I also have 2 Holly Blues on ivy.  Framlingham cemetery TM287632 Geraldine Smith
1 Aug Small Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 1, Large White 8, Small White 20, Green-veined White 4, Small Copper (fresh), Common Blue 2, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Peacock 4, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell (worn), Ringlet 2, Gatekeeper 40, Meadow Brown 60 Chilton TL887425  
1 Aug Large White, Small White, Green-veined White (not counted), Holly Blue 9 (nine), Common Blue 2, Painted Lady, Peacock 3, Comma, Gatekeeper & Meadow Brown (not counted). Sudbury TL880413 Martin Peers
1 Aug Silver-washed Fritilary, Painted Lady x2 and good numbers of Peacocks and Red Admirals. Regards Theberton Wood    Rob and Kerry Reeve
         
July        
31 Jul Holly Blue Knodishall Place   Keith Byfield
31 Jul (late afternoon) 1 male and 1 female Purple Emperors seen at Theberton car park by Julian Dowding and Helen Saunders from Suffolk Branch and Trevor and DorothyMoye from Essex and Cambs.  (photos click here) Theberton Wood   Julian Dowding
31 Jul SBBC event - Helen Saunders and Sharon Hearle BC Regional Officer organised a moth night at the Purdis Heath SSSI and 14 people attended.  Over 20 species were seen in spite of clear skies and full moon.  Several new species for Purdis were also recorded. (photos click here) Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
31 Jul The Purple Emperors continue to fly and on Friday, 31st July at 4p.m. observers were treated to close views of both male and female.  One observer was honoured when a female fed on banana held in the hand.  Silver washed Fritillary also put in an appearance Theberton Wood    Rob and Kerry Reeve
31 Jul 14 common blues, 2 painted ladies, 2 red admiral, 3 peacocks, hummingbird hawk moth, lots of whites, meadow browns, gatekeepers and a small copper Landguard, Felixstowe   Robert Brown
31 Jul I drew a blank (no purple emperors) at theberton wood today as the weather was more like april although someone spotted a Silver-washed Fritillary.  Returned home to Thurston and the sun shone brightly thereafter of course.  I spotted a gatekeeper trapped in a cobweb being cut up by a wasp and a spider trying to defend his meal. (photo click here), there was a lot of movement as you can imagine. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
29 Jul Small Copper, Common Blue male (both fresh), Large Skipper, Small Skipper 2, Small White, Large White 8, Green-veined White 4, Red Admiral 2, Peacock, Comma 4, Ringlet 3, Gatekeeper 50+, Meadow Brown 25. Thorington Street reservoir TM010349 Martin Peers
29 Jul In the garden today I had two and possibly three Holly Blues     TM230452 Jenny Plank
29 Jul This Grayling (photo click here) was in my garden today here at Lakenheath in Suffolk. First I've seen for probably fifteen years so I'm very pleased. Lakenheath   Mark Brown
26 July The last two weeks at Theberton Wood have produced good numbers of Purple Emperors, both male and female, including five plus sightings of egg-laying.  Also good numbers of Purple Hairstreaks, Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers, as well as appearances from White Admiral and Silver-Washed Fritillary.  Today, 26th July at 9.00a.m. before the rain arrived we were treated to a female Purple Emperor coming down to feed on the banquet provided (photo click here)) Theberton Wood   Kerry Reeve
  Queen of Spain Fritillary (photo click here) was present on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July 2015 on some private land within the grounds of Fritton Lake Country Park, and was loyal to a small area of gravel track 300 metres in length.  It could often be found sunning itself on the track, and was frequently watched feeding on the flowers of ragwort.  It would aggressively chase off any other butterfly species present.  Because the site was private i couldn`t publicise the news, and just four people managed to see and photograph it during its two day stay.  I looked for the Queen Of Spain Fritillary on Monday the 20th July, but could not find it, although admittedly the weather was cloudy and windy. NORFOLK (Watsonian Suffolk i.e. counts as Suffolk for recording) TG4700 Ricky Fairhead
23 Jul Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Small Skipper 2, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 2, Green-veined White 5, Large White 2 Baylham Farm   Richard Perryman
23 Jul Good numbers of Ringlets, Large Whites and Gatekeepers plus 1 Large Skipper,3 Comma, 2 White Admiral, 2 Peacock, 1 Grayling, 1 Speckled Wood and  a few Small White. Today at    Dunwich forest TM 4671 Bill Whybrow
23 Jul Small Skipper 2, Essex Skipper 3, Small White 14, Large White 6, Green-veined White 8, Peacock 1, Comma 2, Ringlet 6, Gatekeeper 6, Meadow Brown 20. Cornard Mere, TL889389 Martin Peers
23 Jul Clouded Yellow form Helice.  Flew into the gatehouse at 10.15 and left via the open door flying strong and low over the Deben Bawdsey Quay   Jonathan Forsyth
22 Jul I've only just found your website and although generally a birder I have taken up butterflying this summer.  Whilst at Minsmere RSPB on 22nd July there were Purple Hairstreaks (photo click here) viewable from the canopy hide.  I've attached a photo and hope this information is not to late to be of any use. Minsmere   Simon Jeffs
22 Jul This lovely Gatekeeper aberration was at Levington Creek (photo click here) Levington   William Brame
22 Jul One Purple Hairstreak at  between Kirton Creek and  Newbourne Newbourne TM277411 William Brame
22 Jul I walked the whole length of the Mid Suffolk Light Railway track from station to Blacksmith's Green this morning - an explosion of Gatekeepers since 2 weeks ago - I counted 45, plus 22 Large White, 18 Meadow Brown, 8 Greenveined White, 7 Small White, 4 Essex skipper, 2 Red Admiral and 2 Peacock, 1 Comma and 2 Ringlet (down from last visit when I saw 10) Brockford TM129659 Geraldine Smith
22 Jul Surprised to see a male White Admiral on the Buddleia in my garden in Ipswich.  This is few miles from the nearest wood, Wherstead Wood, where it has been recorded.  Also Holly Blue 2, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Large White 10, Green-veined White 2, Small White 2, Meadow Brown 2, Gatekepper 2, Ringlet 1 SW Ipswich TM134428 Richard Perryman
22 Jul Grayling (photo click here) Minsmere   Steven Ramsey
22 Jul A change from butterflies (and walking miles). moth trap out last night revealed a Phoenix (first for me) (photo), coxcomb prominent, buff arches, buff tip, and a couple of hundred others.  The impressive Pine Hawk Moth was sitting on the barn wall apparently not fooled by the 'trap' idea.  (Photos click hereFor more on the moths of Suffolk see the blog at http://www.suffolkmoths.org.uk/ Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
22 Jul Butterflies at Upper Hollesley Common this morning: Common Blue, Brown Argus, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Large White, Large Skipper, Small/Essex Skipper and many Graylings (photo click here)   Upper Hollesley Common   Liz Cutting
21 Jul Purple Emperor 1m 2f, Silver-washed Fritillary 9, White Admiral 4, Red Admiral 4, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2, Small Skipper 3, Brimstone 1, Large White Small White Green-veined White Meadow brown Gatekeeper Ringlet more than 30 of each, Speckled Wood 5.  From mid-day to 3.00 pm with increasing cloud. (photos click here)  The female Purple Emperor eventually flattened its wings, I was close enough to pull down the branch to obtain a clear view.  Unfortunately then too close for my 300mm lens to focus. Bonny Wood   Richard Perryman
21 Jul Very excited to have a Silver-Washed Fritillary in my garden yesterday.  Lots of Large White and Small Tortoiseshells.  Several Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Gatekeeper, Painted Lady.  Also a Brimstone, Silver Y and a Hummingbird Hawk Moth.  . [All recorded in Big Butterfly Count] Barnham TL8779 Paul Harrison
21 Jul I went into Groton Wood this morning, hoping that I might find Silver-washed Fritillary (the wood is not suitable for White Admiral).  I drew a blank in that respect but did record the following:- Large Skipper 2, Large White c50, Small White 2, Green-veined White c40, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 1, Comma 4, Purple Hairstreak 4, Ringlet 10, Gatekeeper 12, Meadow Brown 30. Regards, Groton Wood TL977433 Martin Peers
21 Jul A glorious sunny morning in the forest!  We saw 3 White-letter Hairstreaks low down on the leaves of Wych Elm.  We saw 1 Grayling nectaring on bramble.  Other sightings: 2 Holly Blue, 2 White Admiral, 1 Small Copper, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Peacock, 2 Commas plus the usual Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Small Skippers, Large Whites and 1 Brimstone. We also saw a Clouded Magpie moth. Dunwich Forest   David and Lilian Pitt
21 Jul Mid morning 21st July - We went to Westleton Heath to look for Graylings and Silver Studded Blues.  Starting at the car park on the Dunwich Road - Graylings were everywhere, too many to count as they flew at almost every step!  Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns also along the path and in the grasses.  In the "horse field" were lots more Graylings, about 4 Small Coppers and we eventually found a single female, tatty, brown and blue butterfly with no particular markings which we assumed was a Silver-studded Blue.  Turning into the archery wood we found a dozen or more Ringlets but not the White Admiral for which my husband was hoping.  Curiously none of the gorse had flowers, will this affect future generations? Westleton Heath TM465700 Geraldine Smith
21 Jul I would like to report a sighting of a single White-letter Hairstreak butterfly at 10.15am.  Frithy Wood is an ancient coppiced wood recently taken over for management by the Green Light Trust, Lawshall.  If you need further details please contact me at cliff.cooper@btinternet.com. Frithy Wood, Lawshall   Wendy Cooper
20 Jul Chalkhill Blue flying at the private site in West Suffolk     Bill Stone
20 Jul Silver-washed Fritillary 9, Red Admiral 5, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 2, Small Skipper 2, Speckled Wood 2, Small White 20+, Large White 20+, Meadow Brown 50+, Ringlet 30+, Gatekeeper 20+.  No sign of Purple Emperor or White Admiral due to overcast conditions at Bonny Wood. Bonny Wood   Sean Minns
20 Jul Gatekeeper 20+, Meadow Brown 100+, Ringlet 100+, Purple Hairstreak 1, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 10+, Essex Skipper 5+, Small White 30+, Large White 20+, Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 1 Market Weston Fen   Sean Minns
20 Jul Got lost in Bonny Wood today (yeah go on laugh) so a two and a half hour walk that wasn't really planned.  No positive sightings of PE but a pleasant surprise sighting of female Silver washed Fritillary - ab. Valezina. (photo click here)  A good reward for my sweat. Bonny Wood   Trevor Goodfellow
19 Jul SBBC Event at Flatford - Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tort, Large, Small & GV White, Meadow brown, Gatekeeper, Comma, Six Spot Burnet (adult & chrysalis) Large skipper   Emerald Damselfly, Common Darter, Blue tailed Damselfly, Southern Hawker   despite the rain earlier in the day – the weather was almost perfect – very warm, sunny most of the time & not too much breeze.  As ever our RSPB hosts were very welcoming & the site itself (& its proximity to Flatford Mill & the river) was very appealing.  There were good numbers of butterflies & other insects flying in the garden for most of the day.  Thanks to Richard & Marie Stewart, Kev Ling & Peter, Ros Kelsey & Jean Baxter Flatford   Sue Sidle
19 Jul I have a nice clear image of a White-letter Hairstreak  on a thistle head taken today 19th July at Burgh Castle between the parish church and the fort.  I will forward this when uploaded.  Looking at the relevant page in my 1984 edition of Heath, Pollard and Thomas 'Atlas of B'flies In Britain and Ireland' I notice an asterisk denoting a pre-1940 record NW of Lowestoft Ness and thus more or less where Burgh Castle lies.  If it does relate to this site, I wonder whether the population could have existed at a low density undetected in the intervening years.  I have submitted this record to the Norfolk recorder since the south side of Breydon Water and Burgh Castle are now in Norfolk for administrative purposes. Norfolk sighting   Jeremy Gaskell
19 Jul We paid our first visit to Bonny Wood today and we were rewarded with 1 Brimstone (male), 1 Comma, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Red Admirals, 3 White Admirals, 3 Green-veined Whites, 4 Peacocks and 6 Silver-washed Fritillaries.  There were also good numbers of the commoner species.  Migrant Hawkers were patrolling the rides.   Bonny Wood   Gary & Jenny Plank
19 Jul I just thought you would like to know I had a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in my garden this afternoon Witnesham   Linda Pace
18 Jul Gatekeeper 100's - most I've ever seen in 30 years!!  Meadow Brown 50+, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper 10+, Essex Skipper 5+, Small White 50+, Large White 20+, Green-veined White 1 Felixstowe ferry-Kingsfleet   Sean Minns
18 Jul Saturday 18th dawned bright and promising in the King’s Forest, with an abundance of Skippers all over the Viper’s Bugloss. There were hundreds, mostly Small, but with some Essex, and just a single Large.  Worn Ringlets and Meadow Browns were scuttling all over the verges of Chalk Lane.  In all we saw 10 species, including fresh Small Coppers basking on hot flint pebbles, a couple of Gatekeepers and the 3 Whites.  Everything was very frisky at 23C in the breeze.  If you go to enjoy the activity, note that big chunks of the forest are sectioned off for forest work until the end of August. King's Forest   Rob Parker
18 Jul 2 White Admirals spotted Reydon Wood   Jen Saunders
18 Jul 1 Purple Emperor, 3 Purple Hairstreak , 15+ Silver Washed Fritillary , 10+ White Admiral.  Also sighted were: Small White, Large White , Small Skipper , Speckled Wood, Red Admiral , Peacock, Meadow Brown , Ringlet , Gatekeeper. Bonny Wood   Kev Ling
18 Jul Around midday today at Bonny Wood in beautiful sunny conditions we found a Purple Emperor (photos click here) just as we were leaving.  It was at the entrance to the footpath that goes back to the Water Tower and Barking close to but not in the wood.  In the second photo it is feeding with a Comma on some dog poo left by a (thoughtful?) dog owner a few inches from the footpath.  Still, it’s an ill wind ...!  We also saw three Silver-washed Fritillaries and several White Admirals. Bonny Wood   Richard Mason
18 Jul Joy! I saw a fresh male Brimstone in my garden today while doing the Big Butterfly Count.  Green Veined + Large White Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma, Peacock Large Skipper 3 (2 were dancing), Essex Skipper (I think!) Brimstone Framlingham   Geraldine Smith
18 Jul A visit to knettishall heath was pleasant.  A walk in two different parts revealed many gatekeepers ringlets and meadow browns, a large number of small skippers, two very tatty painted ladies, commas and a female brimstone on wild sweet pea and a few Small Tortoiseshell. a good gathering of large white and small white while elsewhere I saw a large butterfly high in the treetops but no I.D. one small copper and one brown argus . (photos click here) Knettishall Heath   Trevor Goodfellow
18 Jul We have seen in our garden today - 2 cabbage white butterflies & 1 red admiral.  The red admiral flew into our property & then out the front door - we felt honoured it paid us a visit.  Thought maybe you would like to know. Newmarket   Mr & Mrs Hardy
17 Jul Single male Silver Studded Blue during brief visit in windy conditions.  Also 2 Small Copper, Ringlets, Gatekeepers & Meadow Browns. Westleton Common   Jen Saunders.
17 Jul 4 White Admirals seen during very brief visit Dunwich Forest   Jen Saunders
17 Jul A good day for butterflies in our garden:- Painted Lady; Large White; Small White (2); Green-veined White; Holly Blue, Comma; Small Tortoiseshell (3); Speckled Wood; Meadow Brown (2); Ringlet.  All singles, unless indicated differently. Sudbury TL882414 Martin Peers
17 Jul Wanting to add another species to my list of photos I returned for chalk hill blue.  Yet again I was not disappointed: I counted 150 males in the first 300m before work commitments shortened my visit.  (Photos click here)  Oh how I wish this was Suffolk!  On departure I met BC representatives of Cambs branch and Jenny.  Pyraustra despicita and a marbled white also noted. Devils Dyke (Cambs)   Trevor Goodfellow
17 Jul An incomplete circuit this morning in a stiff breeze garnered 3 Small Whites, 6 Large Whites, 20+ Meadow Browns, 6+ Ringlets, 20+ Small Coppers, 50+ Graylings, 30+ Gatekeepers, 6 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, and numerous lively Small/Essex Skippers.  There was also a large number of female/immature Common Darters congregating and sharing perches in the bracken. Upper Hollesley Common TM3347 Gary & Jenny Plank
16 Jul Good number of Silver Washed Fritillary including 3 mating pairs, several White Admirals, and a Purple Hairstreak seen at eye level on 3 occasions in Pakenham Woods.  Also Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Gatekeepers, Small Tortoiseshell, Large, Small & G V Whites, Large, Small & Essex Skippers.  Pakenham Woods   Jen Saunders.
16 Jul A good 2 hours walk.  Good numbers of Ringlets,Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers.  Also 2 Green-veined White,
5 Red Admiral, 6 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Large Skipper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma.
Noth Cove TM 4690/4691 Bill Whybrow
16 Jul At home in Thurston I saw a White Admiral  Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
16 Jul Group of up to a dozen whites observed taking moisture/salts from a cattle poached pond margin probably rich in dung and urine.  (Photos click here) and short video clip here https://www.facebook.com/suffolkwildlife Grove Farm Thurston   Steve Aylward
16 Jul The key species seen from mid-morning to early afternoon were as follows: 5 Purple Emperors, female photographed, 12 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 12 White Admirals and 3 Purple Hairstreaks.   . Bonny Wood   Adrian Richards and Mike Morley
15 Jul I saw the following near Thorington Street reservoir today:- Large Skipper 4, Small Skipper 8, Essex Skipper 6, Large White 4, Small White 6, Green-veined White 4, Red Admiral 1, Comma 8, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 30, Gatekeeper c60, Ringlet 24. Thorington Street reservoir TM010349 Martin Peers
15 Jul Overcast and windy. I still saw 20 or so small skippers, two forester moths (Photos click here): one male one female, several six spot burnet and a pyrausta despicata.  One small copper showed and several meadow brown and ringlet.  Not bad in a very small patch and a quick visit. ramparts heath TL 78828 71556 Trevor Goodfellow
15 Jul Early afternoon at Bradfield Wood produced 8 Silver washed fritillary, 12 white admiral, 2 Red admiral, 4 large whites, 3 Comma, 20+ Ringlets, 30+Meadow brown, 3 large skipper, 9 small tortoiseshell, 3 gatekeeper, 2 Small whites. Bradfield Woods   Mark Ferris
14 Jul A walk from Felixstowe Ferry to Kingsfleet produced Gatekeeper 400+, Essex Skipper 70+, Small Skipper 20+, Ringlet 20+, Meadow Brown 40+, Peacock 3, Five spot Burnet 1, Rush Veneer 1, Ruddy Darter 1, Emperor Dragonfly 2 Felixstowe Ferry   William Brame
12 Jul Weather not so kind as Saturday but two Silver-washed Fritillaries (photo attached)  present along with Red Admiral (2), Large Skipper (2), large and small white Ramsey Wood, Hintlesham   Roger Seaman
12 Jul Hummingbird hawk moth feeding in my garden.Bredfield road Woodbridge   Lawrence Potter
11 Jul Early morning visit produced 18+ Grayling, 6 Small copper, 3 Gatekeeper, 2 Small skipper, 20+ Meadow brown, 12+ Ringlet, 3 Small tortoiseshell, 2 Large white, 12+ Silver-studded blue. Most of which were very tatty, especially the males. But managed to find one very fresh individual, which was nice. Kind regards Westleton Heath pit TM 457693 Mark Ferris
11 Jul SBBC Event at Bonny Wood - Suffolk's Purple run continues with 5 Purple Emperors seen at Bonny Wood complex (photos click here) Bonny Wood   Bill Stone
11 Jul The following butterflies were seen in the field at Chilton this morning: Small Skipper 17, Essex Skipper 6, Large White 8, Small White 10, Green-veined White 4, Comma 2, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Meadow Brown c150, Gatekeeper 21, Ringlet 60+ Chilton  TL887425 Martin Peers
11 Jul Not having seen a White Admiral since 1994, was determined this year to do my best to find one and was very excited to succeed at my very first attempt today, 11th July.  Just one that flew around at head height in dappled shade of pine and oak trees.  Settled a few times but couldn’t get a photo.  Made my day. Tunstall TM402528 Anne Buswell
11 Jul Today along the footpath transect of the wood we have recorded 33 Silver Washed Fritillary. 2 White Admirals and 1 Purple Hairstreak.  Also the usual Ringlets, Meadow Browns,Large and Small Whites,  Essex and Small Skippers, Gatekeepers, Tortoishells, Commas, GV White Really good today total of 143 butterflies recorded best day so far this year almost perfect conditons.  Temperature 24C in the shade. Hintlesham and Ramsey Wood   Ann and Tony Burchnall
10 Jul  We saw our first Painted Lady in our garden adjacent to Wortham Ling on the Norfolk/Suffolk border near Diss today Wortham Ling     Sue Sidle
10 Jul  We had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden on Sweet Williams.  Wickham Market  TM302 563  Rob and Kerry Reeve
10 Jul late morning walk in the Spring Wood Area, Bobbits Lane, Ipswich.   Circa 10 Comma, 20 Gatekeeper, 50 Small Skipper, 20 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Tortoiseshell 1 Red Admiral 1 Speckled Wood   also a probable Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly Spring Wood   John Hanley
10 Jul Great butterfly day in West Suffolk, Silver-washed Fritillary found in 2 new tetrads, Purple Emperor seen in Mellfield Woods + day total of 21sp Mellfield Woods   Bill Stone
10 Jul Walked the heath the other (south) side of the road from yesterday.  Saw Silver-studded Blues 30+ which were very tatty, Grayling 20, Small Heath 5, Painted Lady 1, Small Skipper 3 and Large White 2. Westleton Heath   David and Lilian Pitt
10 Jul Two visits today to see if the 11 White-letter Hairstreaks spotted in the tops of trees would come down to the bramble to nectar.  They didn’t.  Also seen White Admiral 4, Small Copper 1, Small Skipper 5, Large Skipper 3, Essex Skipper 1, Large White 7, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Comma 6 , Speckled Wood 5, Gatekeeper 2, Meadow Brown 8 and too many Ringlets to count.  Dunwich Forest   David and Lilian Pitt
10 Jul An hour's walk provided me with the following butterflies today:- Large Skipper 6, Small Skipper c60, Essex Skipper 2 [much reduced], Large White 6, Small White 10, Green-veined White 10, Holly Blue male, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Small Heath 1, Meadow Brown c80, Gatekeeper 16, Ringlet c40, Speckled Wood 1. Pot Kilns, Great Cornard TL890412 Martin Peers
10 Jul Ringlet 50+, Meadow Brown, 30+, Gatekeeper 1, Large Skipper 3, Small Skipper 15, Snmall Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 2, Red Admiral 2, Large White 2, Snmall White 2 Minsmere   Richard Perryman
10 Jul Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve. Plenty of Silver Washed Fritillaries (both sexes, but mainly female) this morning feeding on thistles and brambles.  Could approach very closely once they were feeding.  Fair numbers of White Admirals.  One WA landed by my feet to drink from a muddy rut, otherwise settling infrequently and briefly.  Very many Meadow Browns, some whites and Large Skippers.  Best area was the "Butterfly Glade" and near there. Bradfield Woods TL935575 Neil Dickinson
10 Jul Confirm sighting of White Admiral (two seen during my brief visit) at ride through wood at Great Saxham.  They quite often seemed to disappear quite deeply into snowberry (Symphoricarpos) foliage, but sexes not determined and no egg laying observed on anything. Great SAxham TL786632 Neil Dickinson
9 Jul Late afternoon on the heath produced Grayling 12 (photo click here), Small Heath 4, Small Copper 4, Meadow Brown 5, Small Skipper 1 Westleton Heath TM459696 David and Lilian Pitt
9 Jul This morning at Theberton Woods produced 3 + 2 Purple Emperor sightings, 2+ White Admirals, & a brief Hummingbird Hawk moth amongst the numerous other butterfly sightings. Theberton Woods   MIke Thompson & Susie Pearson
9 Jul A short afternoon visit to Dunwich Forest produced a couple of White Admirals, but still no sign of White-letter Hairstreaks or Silver-washed Frits.      
8 Jul White letter Hairstreak 8, Meadow Brown 60+, Ringlet 40+, Gatekeeper 30+, Large Skipper 7,  Purple Hairstreak 1,  Painted Lady 1, Small Skipper 15,  Essex Skipper 10,  Large White 15, Small White 10, only short sunny breaks so lucky with the hairstreaks Newbourne Lower Farm Track TM 262428 William Brame
8 Jul (16:45) It was cloudy, windy and had been raining when I went to my garden shed.  Passing the sweet peas, I spied my first Gatekeeper of the season.  It was quite small but beautifully marked, pristine. Exning TL617659 Twm Wade
8 Jul This afternoon I found 1 Silver-studded Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Large White, 2 Small Tortoiseshells., 2 Gatekeepers, 2 Small Skippers, 5 Ringlets and 6 Meadow Browns.   Martlesham Heath TM235450 Gary Plank
7 Jul Lower Farm Track.  Sunny morning Purple Hairstreaks 6  White-letter Hairstreaks 5  Red Admiral 3  Comma 1  Newbourne TM262428 William Brame
7 Jul Suffolk went PURPLE (!) today with Purple Emperor seen at a private site in west Suffolk (TL65). Many thanks to Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton!     Bill Stone
7 Jul I saw 4 White Admirals, 1 comma, and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary. (photos click here) Pakenham Woods   Rachel Spurdens
6 Jul I live in the area and having seen the official count was cancelled yesterday, thought I would just drop by this evening and see if I could spot some.  I got there about 6.25 and left at 6.45 and saw ten Silver-studded Blues.  Some were female, a few flying but most roosting on ling and bell heather. Lower Hollesley Common TM342465 Anne Buswell
6 Jul White Admiral 6, Comma 2, Meadow Brown 50, Ringlet 20, Large Skipper 10, Large White 1, Small White 1, Silver Y Moth 2. North Cove   David and Lilian Pitt
6 Jul White Admiral seen there today.  This may be a new species for the site as I have seen a list of 28 species for the site, not including this species.  Also seen: Gatekeeper (3), Meadow Brown (30+), Ringlet (16+), Essex Slipper (8+), Large White (2+), Small White (8+), Comma (4), Small Tortoiseshell (1) Piper's Vale   Bill Plumb
6 Jul I spent an hour this morning and saw the following butterflies:- Small Skipper 4, Large Skipper 6, Essex Skipper 2, Large White 2, Small White 2, Purple Hairstreak 1, White Admiral 4, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Meadow Brown c35, Gatekeeper 2, Ringlet c30, Speckled Wood 2. Assington Thicks TL9237 Martin Peers
6 Jul An unexpected White Admiral this morning at a piece of woodland without any history of White Admiral. Great Saxham  “The Park” woodland. TL788630 Rob Parker
5 Jul Walk from The Crockery Barn to Ashbocking Church on circular route along field edges, ditches, farm tracks etc 1600 - 1830hrs in mostly warm sunny spells the following were seen in sheltered areas out of the breeze:  Small Skipper 2,  Essex Skipper 3, Large Skipper 12, Ringlet 250+  (one small set aside/ditch near Allotment lane holding c80 and another by Poplar Farm c60 and a constant presence along most tracks and ditches), Meadow Brown 58, Gatekeeper 12, Large White 10, Small White 4, Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 100+ (main areas around The Crockery Barn Garden Centre on a variety of garden plants although Coreopsis Sterntaler a clear favourite today, and also along track from Allotment Lane leading all the way to Poplar Farm where there were constant individuals and small groups on Creeping Thistles and tracks), 1 Painted Lady, 3 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood.  Sadly no Purple or White letter Hairstreaks yet. The Crockery Barn (IP6 9JS)   Dan Monk
4 Jul White Admiral seen in the Tang among a large number of Meadow Browns and skippers. Cinnabar moths also on the wing with hundreds of larvae feeding on the Ragwort. Tangham Forest   Kevin Ling
4 Jul Butterflies seen today. 5 Small Skipper, 45 Large Skipper, 149 Meadow Browns, 5 Large White, 2 Small White, 38 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Ringlet,1 Red Admiral, 5 Painted Lady Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
4 Jul This afternoon I saw the following butterflies:- Large Skipper 2, Large White 4, Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak 1, Red Admiral, White Admiral 7, Silver-washed Fritillary 4, Meadow Brown, Ringlet 6, Speckled Wood 5.  I also saw my first Ruddy Darter dragonfly of the year. Wolves Wood TM055440 Martin Peers
4 Jul Large White 2 Small White 1 Small Tortoiseshell 2 Red Admiral 1 Meadow Brown 5+ Small Skipper 2+ Speckled Wood 2 Minsmere   Sean Minns
4 Jul No sign of Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral or White-letter Hairstreak, but the following were seen: Comma 1 Small tortoiseshell 1 Essex Skipper 2 Small Skipper 10+ Large Skipper 2+ Ringlet 10+ Meadow Brown 20+ Large White 1 Small White 1 Grayling 1 Gatekeeper 1 Dunwich Forest   Sean Minns
4 Jul Silver-studded Blue 15+ (including 2f) Small Copper 1 Small Skipper 10+ Essex Skipper 2+ Large Skipper 5+ Ringlet 10+ Meadow Brown 30+ Large White 2+ Gatekeeper 2 Westleton Common   Sean Minns
3 Jul Silver-studded Blues (both male and female) 40 +, Large White 1, Small Copper 1, Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 4 and Small Heath 1. Blaxhall Heath   David and Lilian Pitt
3 Jul My sightings at  reservoir this morning were as follows:- Large Skipper 1, Small Skipper 3, Large White 1, Small White 1, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 10, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 30, Ringlet 40+ Thorington Street TM010350 Martin Peers
3 Jul Had a Good 2 hours at Wrentham today.  I saw Meadow Browns in good numbers, Ringlets, Red Admirals, 1 Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skippers, Large Whites, 2 Gate Keepers and 1 Purple Hairstreak.  Also saw 1 Silver Y moth. Wrentham TM 4983 Bill Whybrow.
3 Jul On a midday visit to Bradfield Woods today we had our first sightings of the year of the following, 3 Silver Washed Fritillaries, 3 White Admirals and a single Purple Hairstreak, (photos click here).  Also seen Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshells, Large Skipper, several Meadow Browns and both Large and Small White.   Bradfield Woods   Margie & David Carter
3 Jul This afternoon the Heath produced 1 Peacock, 2 Small Skippers, 6 Meadow Browns and 5 Silver-studded Blues – all males. Whilst there is still little Bell Heather in bloom but there are no doubt many more SSB’s in the private area incorporating the old airstrip. Martlesham Heath TM235450 Gary Plank
3 Jul Good number of Silver Studded Blue, inc. at least 2 female, 1 Small Heath, 1 Grayling, 2 Meadow Brown & 2 Small Skipper Westleton Heath TM457692 Jen Saunders
2 Jul Single White Admiral seen on 2 occasions along the ride in Dunwich Forest.  Also several Ringlets & Meadow Brown, a few Large Skippers, Small/Essex Skippers, a Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral & a Large White. .  Dunwich Forest TM458719 Jen Saunders.
2 Jul A walk round the wild flower field in East End at 6.30 am today produced lots of Meadow Browns, one Ringlet, several Small Torts, a few Small Skippers, lots Large Skippers and one Comma.  The real thrill though was finding White-letter Hairstreaks among the elm suckers (photo click here) East Bergholt   Liz Cutting
1 Jul Ringlet 1, Red Admiral 1, Small Heath 15, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Small Skipper 20, Green Hairstreak 1, Hummingbird Hawmoth1 Landguard N.R   William Brame
1 Jul Unusual sighting near Ixworth.  I've never witnessed this before, but this morning around 07.30 on a bridleway I counted 7 Small Tortoiseshells feasting on dog excrement! They scattered as I ran by but went straight back. It's good to see this species back in numbers this summer so far. Ixworth   Mike Dean
1 Jul Small Heath 25, Meadow Brown 60, Ringlet 3, Large Skipper 1, Essex Skipper 7, Small White 5, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 9, Purple Hairstreak 2.  Moths - Small Chinamark, Brown Silverlines. Aldeburgh Railway Path   Richard Perryman
         
June        
30 Jun Speckled Wood 30+, Meadow Brown 20, Large Skipper 12, Small Skipper 1, Ringlet 8, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Red Admiral 1, Large White 6, Small White 1.  Someone I met had seen 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries earlier. Bradfield Woods   Richard Perryman
30 Jun 26 degC  A very good day and I found a hot-spot just as I was about to double back.  A patch of thistles in a dip at the foot of a south slope was alive with MB etc.  First 400m from July course entrance: 11 x marbled white 12 x small heath 6 x small tortoiseshell.  A few small skipper and large skipper 2 x dark green fritillary 1 x small blue  Lots of meadow brown and ringlet 5 x common blue   (photos click here) (The Deviu's Ditch marks the boundary between Suffolk and Cambridgeshire so thse might be Cambs and Essex sightings) Devil’s Dyke, Newmarket   Trevor Goodfellow
30 Jun This morning in our garden at Flowton we have at least 8 Small Tortoiseshells (feeding on Erysimum), three Meadow Browns, one large Skipper, one Peacock (very dull in colour - does that mean it is newly hatched?)  and a Hummingbird Hawk Moth.   TM 085470 Rob Clements
30 Jun My 3yr old son just brought me a small butterfly he'd found in the grass in Dunwich Forest.  I was very excited to find it was a pristine White-letter Hairstreak which is now busily nectaring on brambles! . Dunwich Forest TM458719 Jen Saunders
29 JUn Some of you know that Blaxhall Common is divided by a road, and that our 2006 translocation of Silver-studded Blues was only on the north side.  We have always considered it to be a possible sign of success for the SSBs to spread from the north side (monitored by the transect) to the south - which also looks like desirable habitat.  In the last 2 years, we have had occasional sightings of singles just across the road.  This morning Bob Turner (one of the Blaxhall volunteers) counted 30 males on the south side - marking a nice little landmark, presuming that breeding will now result in a wider (and natural) colonization.  This year's counts are looking strong, although the numbers have thinned out at the northernmost point on the transect. Blaxhall Common   Rob Parker
29 Jun In Peck's and Friar's meadows this afternoon an hour's walk produced the following: Large Skipper 2; Small White; Green-veined White 4; Red Admiral; Small Tortoiseshell 4; Speckled Wood; Meadow Brown 25; Small Heath; Ringlet 5 Sudbury 878408 Martin Peers
29 Jun First sightings this year in the wood, of both the White Admiral (single specimen) and Silver-washed Fritillary (two specimens of which one, a pretty early, female). (photo click here) Pakenham Wood   Mike Dean
28 Jun Gatekeeper, Meadow brown at Lackford Lakes this evening on the trail near Atlas Hide Lackford Lakes   Duncan Fletcher Brown
27 Jun Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Skippers, Purple Hairstreak Purdis Heath   Helen Saunders
27 Jun This morning, at last I saw 20 Meadow Browns at the side of the footpath, and 20+ fresh Small Tortoiseshells at the thistles sticking through the nettles.  And there was more: 6 Large Skippers and one Small Skipper, one worn Painted Lady, and 2 fresh-looking Red Admirals as well as a Small White and a sleepy Speckled Wood.  I was in No Man’s Meadows and Shakers Lane, Bury St Edmunds. Summer, at long last! Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
27 Jun 5+ Marbled Whites; also Meadow Brown (c20), Small Tortoiseshell (2), Essex Skipper (3), Large Skipper (2) White sp (3) Landseer Park, Ipswich   Bill Plumb, Mike Morley
26 Jun Gatekeeper Dunwich    
26 Jun An hour spent in Bradfield Woods around the butterfly glade this afternoon produced the following sightings, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Large Skippers, 1 Small Skipper, 3 Large Whites and 20+ Speckled Woods.   Bradfield Woods   Margie & David Carter
26 Jun 1 Marbled White on Landseer Park Ipswich today plus a minimum of 6 Essex Skippers. Landseer Park   Mike Morley
26 Jun On the sea/river wall at Slaughden and also at North Warren we saw male Meadow Brown butterflies, the first we have seen this year.  There was also a Holly Blue. Slaughden, North Warren   Geraldine Smith
25 Jun Just found a Purple Hairstreak this evening in Kesgrave.  It was fighting with a Large Skipper over bramble beneath oaks. Nice! Kesgrave   Bill Stone
25 Jun Saw my first 2, pristine, Ringlets of the season in Ixworth.  In addition found 2 larval webs of the Peacock which for the last few years have been notably absent.  A bit of decent summer weather as last as well! Ixworth   Mike Dean
24 Jun (behind Tescos)  A lunchtime stroll produced a Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper,Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue. Martlesham Heath   Kev Ling
24 Jun Essex Skipper 3 Small Tortoiseshell 3 Meadow Brown 8 Felixstowe Ferry   William Brame
24 Jun Holly Blue 8 Small Tortoiseshell 1 Large Skipper 1 Common Blue 4 Speckled Wood 1 Peewit Hill TM288326 William Brame
24 Jun Essex Skipper 1 Small Tortoiseshell 12 Small Heath 14 Painted Lady 4 Holly Blue 1 Common Blue 6 Small White 5 Large White 6 Meadow Brown 12+ Five Spot Burnet Moth 1 Mother Shipton 4 (photos click here) Landguard N.R.   William Brame
24 Jun The butterflies logged on a walk round the field in Chilton today were as follows:- Large Skipper 4;  Green-veined White 1; Speckled Wood 1; Small Heath 8; Ringlet 1; Meadow Brown 45; Red Admiral 1; Small Tort 1 - fresh, in pristine condition; Holly Blue - 1 second generation female (pristine). [12 June: Common Blue 7 male + 1 female but none today] Regarding your recent comments, Green-veined White numbers have held up for me, Large Whites slightly below average, Small Whites well down. Small Heath numbers seem down slightly and I've only seen 2 Commas in Suffolk this year so far Chilton TL887425) Martin Peers
21 Jun 10+ Silver Studded Blue inc. at least 2 females, also 1 Small Heath & 2 Meadow Brown Westleton Common TM4468 Jen Saunders
21 Jun Strong westerly breeze and mostly cloudy but 11 species of butterfly active in the brief sunny periods.  Meadow Brown 6, Small Heath 1, Painted Lady 4,  Common Blue 1, Large White 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Large White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 1.  Also 5 Silver Y and 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. The Crockery Barn (IP6 9JS)   Dan Monk
20 Jun SBBC Event; Bradfield Woods photographic event. The weather was dry but cloudy and cool (16C) and we saw: 1 MB, 10+ SPW, 1 LW, 1 GVW, 1 Common Carpet and 2 Straw Dot moths. Bradfield Woods   Twm Wade
20 Jun Painted lady Trimley St Martin TM2810136915  JohnBaker
20 Jun Butterflies seen 1 Small Skipper,8 Painted Lady SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
18 Jun Gatekeeper East Lane, Bawdsey    
18 Jun Wild flower field in East End : 12 Common Blues, 8-9 Meadow Browns, 3-4 Small Torts, 1 Painted lady, 1 Large White, 1 Mother Shipton, 1 Burnet Companion, 1 Cinnabar   East Bergholt   Liz Cutting
18 Jun 1 Clouded Yellow, edge of Dunwich Forest Dunwich Forest TM 474715 John Bedwell
18 Jun Meadow Brown 9, Small Heath 9, Painted Lady 3, Common Blue 6, Large White 5, Small White 4, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Green Hairstreak 1, Cinnabar Moth 1, Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1, Mother Shipton moth 4 Landguard N.R.   William Brame
18 Jun Several Small Heath seen all over Wenhaston Black Heath Common.  Also 1 Meadow Brown, a fresh looking Small Tortoiseshell, & at least 2 Painted Lady. Wenhaston Black Heath Common TM4274 Jen Saunders
18 Jun Common Blue 1, Meadow Brown 1 Chantry Park   Richard Perryman
18 Jun Clouded Yellow at East Lane Bawdsey today (photo click here) East Lane Bawdsey TM358405 Dave Borderick
18 Jun An hour and a half walk this afternoon.  I saw Small Tortoiseshell 2, nice fresh Meadow Brown 4, Red Admiral 5, Large White 2, Painted Lady 1, Large skipper 2 and 1 Speckled Wood.  Also seen Silver Y and Magpie Moth. Wrentham TM4983 Bill Whybrow
18 Jun First Meadow Brown (Male) of the season plus 1 Holly Blue and 1 Red Admiral. Dobbs/Kesgeave Wood TM235450 Gary Plank
17 Jun I was on holiday in Middleton, 12-19 June, on the 17th I saw 3 Painted ladies and a Red Admiral, all in Pristine condition,plus a Humming bird Hawkmoth on the 18th and 19th ,all around the Red Valerian. Middleton   Andrew Cornall
16 Jun A rare visit by a Common Blue to my garden convinced me that it was a good day to go butterflying and it became this best day of the season.  I saw 12 species: 5 Large Whites, 1 Red Admiral, 7 Brimstone, 2 Large Skippers (personal first 2015 (PF)), 1 Painted Lady (PF)(filmed), 2 Common Blues, 1 Meadow Brown (PF), 4 Small Heath, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Orange Tip, Peacock caterpillars on nettle (photo click here), 1 Common Carpet moth. North End Exning; TL605667 Twm Wade
16 Jun 10 Painted Lady - 6 N, 4 on deck (plus 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoth on verbena). The Crockery Barn (IP6 9JS)   Dan Monk
16 Jun This evening in Ixworth.. over Hempyard Bridge and through the field I was delighted to see 2 painted ladies (Photos click here) Ixworth   Rachel Spurdens
16 Jun Small Heath 2, Common Blue 3 (2m 1f), Meadow Brown 1, Painted Lady 6, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, several other unidentified whites, Cinnabar Moth 4, Silver-Y 2, plus 2 other mothe to be identified.  No Wall Brown but not the main flight period for them now although we have only had one sighting from this location this year.  Blue skies, sunny, no cloud but a strong southerly breeze. East Lane, Bawdsey   Richard Perryman
16 Jun A short walk this afternoon through Dobbs/Kesgrave Wood on to Martlesham Heath produced just 2 Red Admirals, 3 Large Whites and 6 Speckled Woods.  A very poor count for a fine, potentially good afternoon.    Martlesham TM2345 Gary Plank
16 Jun 15.00 18.00.  2 Small Heath, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Male Common Blue, 1 Silver Y,  In my garden in good sun with minimal breeze.   TM 06195 40955 Darren Andrews, Suffolk branch member
15 Jun 15.00 11.00  3 Small Heath.  In my garden in good sun with minimal breeze.   TM 06195 40955 Darren Andrews, Suffolk branch member
15 Jun 1 Common Blue, 1 Large Skipper, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock,  5 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White, 8 Small White The Crockery Barn (IP6 9JS)   Dan Monk
15 Jun Meadow Brown church yard Bacton Bacton TM 0466 Roger & Stella Wolfe
15 Jun My first visit today at Purdis Heath after walking around for a couple of hours and feeling a bit down, thanks to a member of the Suffolk branch I finally saw a lovely Male Silver Studded Blue absolutely stunning also seen Painted Lady another first for the year and one Red Admiral. Purdis Heath   Kevin Taylor From Essex
14 Jun Green Hairstreak 1 Painted Lady 2 Red Admiral 1 Large White 1 Landguard obs   Wikkiam Brame
14 Jun Single immaculate Red Admiral at East Lane this morning despite the gloomy weather.  Sadly, no Walls but the weather was poor. East Lane Bawdsey TM358405 Bill Stone
12 Jun 3 Small Heath on Wenhaston Black Heath common. Wenhaston Black Heath common TM4274 Jen Saunders
12 Jun 1 red admiral. 2 speckled woods, 1 painted lady, 5 whites. Bawdsey TM358405 Robert Brown
12 Jun I would like to report seeing a Silver-studded Blue (photo click here), plus…..1 brown argus, 10 common blues, a painted lady, 1 small copper, and a red admiral Minsmere TM463662 Robert Brown
12 Jun In the King’s Forest at 20C this morning.  The state of the butterflies was interesting: NIL Dingy Skipper Plenty of spring species putting in a late appearance: Brimstone (m&f) – 10, Orange-tip (m&f) – 6, Peacock – 1, Common Blue – 30 plus.  A couple of summer species arriving on schedule: Meadow Brown – 1, male Large Skipper – just 1, and Speckled Wood – just 3 (between broods).  7 species in all, so looking up a bit. King's Forest TL8373 Rob Parker
12 Jun Plus a Holly Blue in the garden at home in Bury St Edmunds, making 8 Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
12 Jun A single male Meadow Brown in front of Sizewell Power station.. Sizewell TM475640  Jen Saunders
11 Jun Small East Ipswich site - paired Common Blues, 1 male Silver-studded Blue, 1 Small Copper and  several Cinnabar moths E Ipswich   Helen Saunders
11 Jun On my urban transect at Bury St Edmunds, I saw my first Large Skipper of the season. Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
11 Jun After sighting ten species in King’s Forest this morning I saw only three butterflies here at Green Farm: Ringlet, Common Blue and Brown Argus, all first sightings. Green Farm   Trevor
11 Jun Meadow Brown (photo click here) Goose Hill, Sizewell TM4664 Peter Maddison
11 Jun Buddleia alternifolia still has 4 painted ladies on it at one time and a small tortoiseshell and faded peacock.  The rest of the garden saw Holly blue, Brimstone, Orange tip, Large White and Small White Theberton TM443664 Andrew Leng
10 Jun buddleia alternifolia 4 painted ladies and one broad bordered bee hawk moth Theberton TM443664 Andrew Leng
10 Jun My first Painted Lady of the year in southern end of wood Dobbs/Kesgrave Wood TM235450 Gary Plank
9 Jun Our small group of transect trainees at Minsmere were pleasantly surprised to see any butterflies at all at just 14C.  It seemed to be a day for small ones: Small Copper, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, and Green Hairstreak.  Discussing where Silver-studded Blues might be led to a search of anthills under mounds of erica (bell heather).  David’s sharp eyes found us a half-grown larva of a Silver-studded Blue – a nice surprise, but suggesting the season was running late.  An hour later, we had moved on to check the colony within the Dunwich Forest, where we were delighted to get a close-up inspection of a fresh male Silver-studded Blue adult – suggesting, on the contrary, that the season was running early! Minsmere Dunwich Forest   Rob Parker
9 Jun Today we managed to find Silver studded blue larvae and a single adult, on the heath (photo click here) Minsmere   David Dowding
9 Jun I saw a Painted Lady visiting flowers in garden, . Good condition.  Framlingham   Peter Smith
8 Jun Green Hairstreak (photo click here) Landguard N.R   William Brame
8 Jun Painted Lady (photo click here) Kingsfleet  Falkenham   William Brame
8 Jun Green hairstreak seen today on Sailors Path close to Hazlewood Marshes. Aldeburgh TM438583 Steve Aylward
8 Jun Saw Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 1, Large White 1, Small White 2, a Silver Y Moth and a very interesting micro moth nemophora degeerella (photo click here) North Cove   David and Lilian Pitt
8 Jun 2 painted ladies together , two peacocks (very worn) together, red admiral and tortoiseshell (& broad bordered bee  hawk moth)  all visited a buddlia alternifolia during the morning    Theberton tm443664 Andrew Leng
8 Jun Single of  Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Orange Tip & Green Veined White at Springwood . Ipswich TM 14782 41442 John Hanley
7 Jun Painted Lady (photo click here) at Green Farm " First one for me this year, possibly two or three passed through today on their usual route: S to N" Thurston TL935655 Trevor Goodfellow
7 Jun Saw a couple of Painted Ladies here but they seemed to be passing through at speed towards the west / north west. Ixworth   Mike Dean
7 Jun 1 Painted Lady, I see them a number of times during the day so not sure whether it is individuals hanging round. Theberton TM443664 Andrew Leng
7 Jun 2 Painted Lady, 4 Red Admiral, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Speckled Wood present plus 1 Hummingbird Hawk moth briefly on White Valerian. The Crockery Barn, Ashbocking IP6 9JS Dan Monk
7 Jun Three Painted Ladies, Two Green Hairstreaks Landguard N.R TM286321 William Brame
7 Jun We had one worn Wall Brown this morning seen along the path about 20m inland from the concrete bunker at Hollesley Marshes RSPB, (photos click here) , also nearby one Painted Lady and several Small Heath.   Hollesley Marxhes   Margie & David Carter
6 Jun (Deadman’s Grave SSSI)   Fewer common blues than I saw here last year, but still a variety of colour in the females – including some very blue examples. Photos click here, with apologies for the poor quality (both out of focus…).   Icklingham TL777 743 Tim Wesley
6 Jun 1 Painted Lady Theberton TM443664 Andrew Leng
6 Jun Nine Painted Ladies, One Speckled Wood, One Epichnopterix Plumella Landguard N.R TM286321 William Brame
6 Jun Painted Lady 6 flew East during the day   The Crockery Barn, Ashbocking IP6 9JS Dan Monk
6 Jun SWT Carlton Marshes some Wall Browns showing today (photo click here) Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
6 Jun Large Skipper (photo click here) Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
6 Jun We went for a walk today in the area and we delighted to see several Speckled Wood fliers including a definite pair. These were the first I have seen this year and were beautifully new with good markings. Dunwich Forest TM646271 Geraldine Smith
5 Jun 4 Painted ladies on buddlia alternifolia Theberton TM443664 Andrew Leng
5 Jun A total of six Red Admirals three Peacocks and two Small Tortoiseshells Kingsfleet, Falkenham TM304376 William Brame
5 Jun 3 Painted Ladies on flowering shrubs in front garden, Grange Farm, . Early evening 7pm Kesgrave   Steve Aylward
5 Jun Painted Lady (2) on perennial wallflower Bowles Mauve in the garden mid afternoon Waldringfield TM2844 Peter Maddison
5 Jun Brimstone larva showing well on Buckthorn at Eden-Rose Coppice Trust, (photo click here) Sudbury   Sam Chamberlin
4 Jun 1 Painted Lady Theberton TM443664 Andrew Leng
4 Jun Whilst sitting in the car parked in Nacton Road, this morning I saw 2 Holly Blues and 2 male Brimstones.    Ipswich TM180438 Jenny Plank
4 Jun The following butterflies were seen in a small conservation area on the edge of Newton Road cemetery this afternoon:- Large White 1, Holly Blue female on ivy; Common Blue male in area of Bird's-foot Trefoil, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood. Sudbury TL883415 Martin Peers
3 Jun Two Green Hairstreak males sparring over a Hawthorn also 5 Common Blues 3 Large Whites 3 G V Whites 1 Peacock Levington Marina TM243380 William Brame
3 Jun Wall Brown 5 (in three different locations,) Holly Blue 5 (very worn), Orange Tip 12, Green-veined White 2, Large White 6 and Small White 6. Somerleyton Marshes   David and Lilian Pitt
1 Jun Large Skipper 2 (photo click here), Painted Lady 1 Carlton Marshes   David and Lilian Pitt
         
May        
30 May A Green Hairstreak on the gorse bushes at the entrance Theberton Wood   Rob and Kerry Reeve
30 May Common Blue 20 (male and female), Small Copper 5, Orange Tip 5, Brimstone 1, Large and Small White and Cinnabar 3 on meadow which is now looking much healthier! Lound Lakes TG513004 David and Lilian Pitt
30 May Butterflies seen  4 Wall ,1 Painted Lady,1 Peacock,1 Large White,7 Small White, 3 Green-veined white. Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
29 May Last in-star Silver studded blue larva (photo click here) on heath today resting on a bell heather stem. Purdis Heath SSSI   David Dowding
28 May Green Hairstreak Little Welnetham railway walk TL8959 Rob Parker
28 May Sightings from SBBC Event - NT Bioblitz  It was just as well that there were Green Hairstreak on the flowering hawthorn at the entrance to Heath Barn as they provided immediate interest.  Green Hairstreaks were seen on Gorse elsewhere on the heath but otherwise there were very few butterflies of other species.  Shelter from the cool breeze was the key to finding Peacock(3), Large White (3), GV White(2), Small Heath (2) and single specimens of Holly Blue, Common Blue, Orange-tip and Brimstone.  (I did a couple of official walks on the first day with groups of 12 - 15 people, tricky when there wasn't much to see but the damselflies and antlions kept us amused.) Dunwich   Peter Maddison
26 May 3 Green Hairstreaks also I think it was a Common Blue, I've not id it yet ! (photos click here) Purdis Heath    
26 May Two Wall Browns plus one Peacock   (first sighting from East Lane) East Lane, Bawdsey TM3540 Gary & Jenny Plank
25 May Small Heath East Lane, Lower Ufford   Rab King
25 May Wall Brown (photo click here) Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
25 May 12pm. Despite cloud and breeze 5 + Painted Lady between East Lane and Shingle Street making very short flights. East Lane Bawdsey TM3540 Dan Monk
24 May An evening walk around part of the Denston estate produced Orange tip 1, Green-veined white 2, Small white 3, Speckled wood 4, Peacock 1     Mark Ferris
23 May A nice surprise while at work was a Clouded Yellow, which just kept going as it passed me with its distinctive, and hurried flight pattern.  Also Red Admiral, Large white, and Small White. Denston   Mark Ferris
22 May 1 Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Woods and 3 Small Whites. Dobbs/Kesgrave Wood TM2345 Jenny Plank
21 May We had 3 Small Copper with one of them had a odd hindwing (photo click here). 2 Peacock, 4 large White, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Orange-tip and 3 White Spp.    Chantry Park TM 135 438 Matthew Garnham
21 May A late morning walk today at Carlton Marsh reserve.  I was rewarded with 2 Wall Browns, 2 painted Lady, 3 Orange Tip (female), 2 Red Admirals  good numbers of Peacocks, Green-veined White and Large and Small Whites.  Most were seen along the river wall. (photos click here) Carlton Marsh TM 4992, Bill Whybrow.
20 May During a brief visit to North Cove Nature Reserve, in between showers, I found a perfect male Wall. North Cove   Jen Saunders
19 May Painted Lady Theberton    Andrew Leng
19 May A walk from Butley Corner car park between the showers this morning produced just a Small White and a Small Heath   Daisy's Walk  (TM3550) Gary & Jenny Plank
17 May Three Green Hairstreaks seen and identified in Burstall today.  Two were netted to make sure of ID.  We have had them  here before and are delighted to see them again.  There is plenty of Dogwood and Buckthorn available for them but they were busy on the Sycamore tree. Burstall   Ann and Tony Burchnall
17 May My 1st Common Blue of 2015 & Brown Silver-line moth in the dunes today Minsmere   Charles Cuthbert
17 May Clouded Yellow this morning (Photo click here) Landguard   Barry Woodhouse
17 May Common Blue 1, Brown Argus 2, Small Copper 7, Peacock 1, Large White 4, Cinnabar Moth 10.  Most of the meadow hasn't recovered from its drastic mowing last summer.  Most butterflies observed in a small rough area by the car park. Lound Lakes TG513004 David and Lilian Pitt
17 May 7 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Small Copper, 5 Common Blue males, 1 Small Heath & 1 Cinnabar moth Sizewell beach TM4763 Jen Saunders
16 May 9 Green Hairstreaks in front of power station Sizewell beach TM4763 Jen Saunders
16 May Green Hairstreak 2, Speckled Wood 8, Orange Tip 1, Large White1, Peacock 1 on the common. (Photo click here) Aldringham Walks TM455607
David and Lilian Pitt
15 May Wall Brown - I have seen two past week.  One was on the Castle Marshes,Nr Beccles,the 2nd was on the Hardley Flood footpath Loddon.  I will be aware of this species in future, it seems good year up to now ,with many Peacock, and Orange Tip about.  The photos attached (click here) are of the one seen at Castle Marshes.  there are a good number of Orange Tips (photo click here) ,& peacocks along the Waveney Beccles to  Oulton Broad,  plus to lesser degree Tortoiseshell, and the odd Holly Blue and Brimstone Castle Marshes   Loddon   Alan Fisher
15 May Martlesham Heath (by control tower): Orange Tip (Male/Female), Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue Martlesham Heath   Kevin Ling
15 May Belstead Meadows; First Orange Tip Larvae are hatching. 1st instar (photo click here) Belstead Meadows;   Kevin Ling
15 May Cinnabar moth in garden     Debbie Ferrer
13 May Male Orange-tip and Holly Blue in our garden today,   TM230452 Gary and Jenny Plank
13 May I saw a Dingy Skipper this morning at about 10 a.m. in the woods.  Fortunately, a cloud obscured the sun for a few minutes and it sat still long enough for a photograph (click here) North Stow TL834732 Martin Rogers
13 May 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Painted Lady (this and the previous two sightings are the first GH to be reported to Sightings since 15 Apr) Landguard Observatory TM288325 Will Brame
13 May 2 Green Hairstreaks Felixstowe Ferry TM327373 Will Brame
13 May Brimstone 4 male 1 female, Large White, Green-veined White 3, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock (rescued from spider's web), Green Hairstreak 2.  Also these very small moths with very long antennae flying at the tops of trees (photos here), Adela reaumurella I think.  Several Nightingales singing but no Cuckoo or Turtle Dove that I have heard at this time of year before. Alton Water   Richard Perryman
12 May Two Small Heath butterflies seen this morning near car park, resting on heather Westleton Heath TM465700 Geraldine Smith
11 May 4 Green Hairstreaks on the dunes Minsmere TM478664 Jen Saunders
11 May 3 Painted Ladies seen at Sizewell beach today - a fresh influx? Sizewell TM476645 Charles Cuthbert
11 May At least 4 Painted Ladys around today Landguard Observatory TM284318 Will Brame
11 May 1 Common Blue Landguard Observatory TM284318 Will Brame
10 May Good numbers of Orange Tip (15+) inc 3 females. Also 20+ eggs discovered on Garlic Mustard.  Also seen were Brimstone (4), Holly Blue (4), Peacock (3), Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Green Veined White, Large White Belstead Meadows TM132419 Kevin Ling
10 May 1 Green-veined White, I Female Brimstone, I Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small Copper Purdis TM212428 Julian Dowding
10 May Today in our garden: 4 Holly Blues, 1 ovipositing female Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood , 1 Small White and 1 Red Admiral Ipswich TM188427 Julian Dowding
9 May 2 Holly blue out in the sun at 13.50hrs in garden Melton TM284509 Steve Fryett
8 May Brown Argus 3, Small Heath 1, Small Copper 30, Peacock 15, Green-veined White 2 and a Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth seen this morning. (Photos click here) MInsmere TM469672 David and Lilian Pitt
8 May Holly Blue, Orange-tip (male and female) in garden SW Ipswich TM134428 Richard Perryman
7 May One Painted Lady and two Orange Tips.  Bucklesham TM243420 Chris Baines
4 May One Small Heath seen this morning on the coastal footpath near to RSPB Hollesley Marsh also 10 Peacocks in the same area.  Hollesley   Margie & David Carter
4 May At Captain’s Wood, Sudbourne today we saw 1 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, 6 Peacocks and good numbers of assorted Whites Captain's Wood TM421531 Gary & Jenny Plank
4 May Later in our Kesgrave garden a brief visit from a Holly Blue.   Kesgrave TM230452 Gary & Jenny Plank
4 May Butterflies in Sudbury cemetery today were as follows:- Brimstone (female), Large White, Small White, Green-veined White (4), Orange Tip (male), Holly Blue (3 males), Red Admiral. Sudbury 880415 Martin Peers
2 May Small Copper Large & Green Veined White Peacock Wherstaed Woods   Kev Ling
2 May Plenty of Small Copper today Lackford Lakes   SWT Lackford Lakes
2 May SWT Carlton Marshes seen ,1 Small White ,12 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Orange Tip Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
2 May Sightings from SBBC Event - Transect Training  The day was a washout from the records angle – in cool weather we walked the route and saw zero until a single Speckled wood showed up just 20m before the finish point! Spring Lane   Rob Parker
         
April        
28 Apr Sunny morning but biting wind. Saw 2 Small Copper, 1 Green Veined White, 1 Orange Tip, 3 Peacocks. Minsmere   David and Lilian Pitt
25 Apr White Admiral larvae starting to hatch in Wherstead area. (Photo click here) Wherstead   Kev Ling
25 Apr Sightings from SBBC event - Species seen during the new member and novice recorder event at Barnhamcross Common - Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Holly Blue, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock.   TL8681 Bill Stone
25 Apr Saw my first Speckled Wood in the garden today Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
23 Apr 2 Brimstones, 3 Orange Tips, 10+ Peacocks, 1 Red Admiral, 10+ Small Tortoishells, lots of whites, Holly Blue, and 5 Commas River Gipping   Robert Brown
23 Apr While walking in the North Stow area:- Brimstone 3 (2 m.); Large White, Small White, Green-veined White 2, Orange Tip c30 (mostly males), Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 12, Comma 1. KIngs Forest TL825755 Martin Peers
23 Apr First Speckled Wood in our Kesgrave garden today Kesgrave TM230452 Jenny Plank
23 Apr 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Large Whites and a Peacock in my garden Lowestoft TM525909 Bill Whybrow
21 Apr Scarce Tortoiseshell - see 18 Apr      
21 Apr Male Brimstone by entrance to Dobbs/Kesgrave Wood.    Kesgrave TM2345 Gary Plank
21 Apr I saw my first Holly Blue (a male) of the year near Friar's meadow, Sudbury TL8741 Martin Peers
20 Apr Brimstone, 4 Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, Orangetip at Bobbits Lane/Springwood Ipswich TM 14782 41442 John Hanley
20 Apr - also saw a small Blue Butterfly on the wing, 10 yds away, size 15-20mm ? unable to identify, presumably a Holly Blue Ipswich TM 15849 46737 John Hanley
20 Apr Friar's meadow:- Brimstone (1), Small White (2), Green-veined White (2), Orange Tip (male), Peacock (1). Sudbury   Martin Peers
20 Apr A short lunch time walk around the pond in Christchurch Park resulted in single examples of:   Orange Tip, Large White, Green Veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell Ipswich   Kev Ling
19 Apr Orange Tip     Kerry Reeve
18 Apr A Scarce Tortoiseshell was seen by Debbie Broom and Nigel Cuming, also Dave Thurlow the Site Warden at RSPB North Warren, along the Railway Track at Aldeburgh – early afternoon around 2.30 pm. by the pool with the Pampas grass where it was seen on the 15th April.   Also reliably reported by somebody else on the 21st April along the Railway Track approximately parallel to Haven House. Aldeburgh   Debbie Broom
15 Apr Scarce Tortoiseshells - It was I along with Robert Turner who saw the Scarce Tortoiseshells at North Warren and reported them to Rare Bird Alert.  They were on the old railway track along the stretch between about level with the end large white house on the coast and the observation hide overlooking the north marsh.  There are sallows along this stretch.  The sighting furthest south was level with the pool with the Pampas grass on the west side of the track.  There were numerous Peacocks along the track with most sitting on the track then at one point I noticed a tortoiseshell sitting on the track ahead with its wings closed and we could see it looked larger than a Small Tortoiseshell with less contrast in the markings on the underside of the wings.  When it opened its wings a little at times the orange on the upperwing was less bright than a Small tortoisehell and the markings were similar to either a Large or Scarce Tortoiseshell.  Realising we needed to see the leg colour we managed to get a view through binoculars of the butterfly head on and could see the forelegs were straw coloured.  It flew up a few times, often when another butterfly flew by, but returned to the track within a few yards of where it had been even after flying a bit of a way along the track.  I thought its hindwing looked slightly ragged at the time.  Further south along the path there was another tortoiseshell with the same behaviour and we assumed it was the same individual and saw the straw coloured forelegs again.  When it opened its wings it looked in excellent condition with no obvious wear and I thought perhaps I had been mistaken thinking it had looked a bit ragged.  Further on again we saw a similar Scarce tortoiseshell (straw coloured forelegs again) with the same behaviour and manner of flight but this one was quite tatty so we realised there were at least two individuals.  Beyond here where the pines are we saw 2 Small Tortoiseshells near some nettles and it was very useful to have the comparison within five minutes, with the Small Tortoiseshells looking obviously smaller than Peacocks when they flew up together and they had a more fluttering quality to their flight than the stronger more direct flight of the Scarce Tortoiseshells, which at times in flight looked quite like a Peacock but when close enough with the angle of light right showed a generally dark orange colour instead of purple.  These observations were made between about 2.15 and 3.00pm.  Other butterflies seen along here were, besides the numerous Peacocks and 2 Small tortoiseshells already mentioned, 1 Comma, a female Orange tip, a Speckled wood, and a male Brimstone (flying alongside one of the Scarce tortoiseshells at one time).  My camera was in my car over a mile away and when I returned with it at about 4pm there were only 3 or 4 Peacocks still out along the track with more shadow across the path.  It was still sunny but less warm by then.  I should think there will be further sightings of the butterflies in the next few days if the sun shines, even if it is much less warm than today was, so I hope others can confirm how many there are and manage to take some photos of them.  Aldeburgh   George Brown
15 Apr Peacock 40+, Brimstone 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Large White 3, Green-veined White 4 Alton Water   Richard Perryman
15 Apr Visited Aspal Close nature reserve west around mid-day 15th. April (Temp 21 degrees C)  Initially quite disappointing for butterflies until I came across a patch of Red Dead Nettles where there were plenty of the usual Small Tortoiseshells, Whites, Commas and Brimstones, plus one quite fresh looking Painted Lady.  Then two Green Hairstreaks flying around the Gorse bushes followed by two Holly Blues. Beck Row, Mildenhall TL 98774 Mervyn Crawford
15 Apr Orange Tip - First one today - my earliest ever! Eye   Mark Smith
14 Apr 1 male Brimstone in my garden also an Orange-tip & a Small White St Margaret South Elmham TM316837 Jen Saunders
14 Apr Orange-Tip Sudbury   Martin Peers
14 Apr Walked the 'Yellow Brick Road' pedestrian footpath from Willie Snaith Road to Exeter Road in search of orange tips (seen here in previous years).  Unfortunately none were seen but spotted the following:  7 Small Tortoiseshell 5 Comma 5 Peacock 4 Small White (two mating) 3 Brimstone (all male)   TL 636 648 Harriet Horsham
14 Apr Mervyn Crawford mentioned the shortage of good nectar plants on the 7th April.  The ground Ivy seems to be a good early source and very popular in the garden and field at this time of yeart.  Full of bees and butterflies are also using it too.(Photo here)  It can make a nice carpet of blue.  In the sheltered  garden we have Brimstone, Orange tip male and female , Peacocks, Comma and Tortoiseshell.  No point counting as I am sure some are patrolling round and round.  Though we do have two Peacocks getting friendly (photo here     Andrew Leng
14 Apr Butterfly sightings , 2 Peacock , 2 Small Tortoiseshell , at Ellough Industral Estate  12.45pm today Beccles   Robert Quadling
14 Apr Butterfly sightings ,3 Brimstone, 1 Large White, at Ellough Industral Estate  12.55 pm today Beccles   Robert Quadling
14 Apr Brimstone at Rookery Close, Oulton Broad TM525922 Jane Ferguson
14 Apr At approx 10.00am we saw a Speckled Wood on the Melford Walk.  At about 10.30am a Holly Blue was in Hall Street, Long Melford close to the Chadbrook Bridge.  There was also an all white butterfly flying past which we could not identify, possibly a female Orange Tip. Long Melford   Richard Michette
13 Apr 1 Brimstone, 2 peacocks and 1 Large White in my garden today. Lowestoft TM525909 Bill Whybrow
13 Apr Brimstone SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
13 Apr Green Veined White Belstead Brook   Kev Ling
12 Apr A walk from Hemley Church to Kirton Creek produced one Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 6 Peacocks.  Unfortunately, although the notice pinned to the signpost states that the work was to be finished by this weekend the seawall path is still very difficult with the barriers still in place to be negotiated. Hemley TM285425 Gary & Jenny Plank
11 Apr Bobbitts Lane - Single comma, Peacock & Red Admiral Ipswich   Kev Ling
10 Apr Alderman Road Nature Reserve: 6 Small Tortoiseshell 3 Peacock 1 Brimstone Ipswich   Kev Ling
10 Apr 4 green veined whites, 2 small whites, 3 peacocks, 2 tortoiseshells. Landguard, Felixstowe   Robert Brown
9 Apr I saw a holly blue on the Spring Road allotment (the left hand side one going into Ipswich) yesterday. This was the first I’ve seen this year. Ipswich   Mark Arbon
9 Apr 6 Brimstone, 10 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Green-veined White Lackford Lakes   Robert Quadling
9 Apr I rescued a Speckled Wood from the pond today, I think this is the earliest I have seen one. Thurston TL9365 Trevor Goodfellow
9 Apr Peacock SW Ipswich   Pippa Hall
9 Apr Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Orange Tip 1 male 1 female, Small White 1 Chantry Paek Ipswich   Richard Perryman
9 Apr I saw a butterfly in my neighbours garden with all over dark wings but with the outer edge all round being white/yellow!  It didn't sit still long enough for a photo.  The only butterfly I could find in my book was a Camberwell Beauty, could this be a possibility this early in the year?  They have been seen in April in England either overwintered or early migrant Sutton Heath   Gary Coppard
9 Apr Comma in Kesgrave Wood and Small Tortoiseshell in the car park. Kesgrave TM235450 Gary Plank
8 Apr Brimstone at Britannia Primary School on Britannia Road, Ipswich Ipswich   Mark Arbon
9 Apr River Gipping, Needham Market area, 12 peacocks, 10 small tortoiseshells, 3 brimstones (2 male, 1 female) Needham Market   Robert Brown
8 Apr I'm a bit late getting this record to you, but on the 8th I managed to photograph (click here) an unusual aberration of a male Small Tortoiseshell.  The pair were courting. Friar's Meadow, Sudbury   Sam Chamberlin
8 Apr 2 Commas, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock today Lowestoft TM525909 Bill Whybrow
8 Apr Small White 1; Small Tortoiseshell 22; Peacock 7 Friar's Meadow, Sudbury   Martin Peers
8 Apr Peacock flying in our garden  this afternoon. Kesgrave TM230452 Jenny Plank
7 Apr Melford Walk - Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock and at least twelve Brimstone ( which we reported to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project.  We are now seeing Brimstones and Tortoiseshells regularly in the area Long Melford   Richard Michette
7 Apr Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and a Small White Lowestoft TM525909 Bill Whybrow
7 Apr Sighting of Brimstone passing through our garden Trimley St. Mary   Aaron Parker
7 Apr Today on Dunwich Heath  7 Small Tortoiseshell and 7 Peacock Dunwich Heath   Robert Quadling
7 Apr Our first Brimstone of the year in our Brettenham garden today also 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Brettenham   Margie & David Carter
7 Apr Sightings today at Ipswich Golf course: Peacock 15, Small tortoiseshell 5, Comma 3, Brimstone (male), Green-veined White and Small Copper.  Good numbers of butterflies for the first time this year at this site. Ipswich Golf Course   Neil Sherman
7 Apr Two male Small Tortoiseshells fighting in our front garden at Noon today. Kesgrave TM230452 Gary Plank
7 Apr Several species in our one-acre garden, still devoid of good nectar sources.  Three hibernating Vanessid species (no Red Admiral) were seen, with four Small Tortoiseshells on two or three occasions performing their spiralling courtship flight.  A male Brimstone was seen several times, probably the same insect.  At 12.00 noon my first male Orange Tip appeared (two and a half weeks later than last years ‘first’), soon followed by my first female Holly Blue egg-laying once more and for several minutes on the terminal buds of Lonicera Fragrantissima, never a recognised food-plant.  Later two Speckled Woods put in an appearance together, but I have yet to see my first ‘White’. Mildenhall TL707757 Mervyn Crawford
7 Apr 6 Brimstone, 8 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma, 2 Large White and 1 Small White Hollywells Park Ipswich   Rab King
7 Apr Brimstone Bobbits Lane,  pswich TM 14545 41529 John Hanley
6 Apr Brimstone Clive Avenue pswich TM 15820 46738 John Hanley
6 Apr Brimstone Valley Road pswich TM 15633 45769 John Hanley
5 Apr 1 Small White, 1 Large White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma at Peewit Hill Felixstowe TM289338 Mark Ferris
5 Apr I would like to report the sighting of two Comma’s seen today at Bawdsey Ferry Car Park, (photo here) Bawdsey Ferry   Robert Brown
2 Apr Scarce Tortoiseshell seen briefly on track opposite Macdonalds Peewit Hill  @3pm Felixstowe TM289338 Adrian Rich
         
March        
27 Mar Peewit Hill Felixstowe  Scarce Tortoiseshell (Photos click here)   TM289338 Will Brame
26 Mar Looking out of my front room window at 5.20pm today, I spotted a Small White roosting on garden Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'. A surprise find as this is the earliest sighting of the species on the heath by me in 14 years of recording here.  There must have been warmer Springs during this time! Martlesham Heath TM2344 Steve Goddard
25 Mar Two Small Tortoiseshell seen from the riverside path at Walberswick harbour Walberswick   David & Margie Carter
20 Mar Two Small Tortoiseshells seen flying together in our front garden this afternoon.   TM230452 Jenny Plank
13 Mar Small Tortoiseshell this afternoon at Bucklesham Churchyard. Bucklesham   Robert Brown
10 Mar I had a Comma and a Peacock in my garden yesterday. Lowestoft TM522909 Bill Whybrow
10 Mar Saw a Speckled Wood today, at Landseer Park Ipswich, along with Commas, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells.  The Speckled Wood is the earliest Suffolk sighting by two weeks. Landseer Park   David Dowding
10 Mar 7 (Seven) Small Tortoiseshell on Eryssimum 'Bowle's Mauve' in our garden this afternoon. Martlesham Heath   Steve Goddard
10 Mar Single sightings of both Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell from the coastal footpath Shingle Street   Margie & David Carter
9 Mar Small Tortoiseshell - flying across the market place Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
8 Mar 2 Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock Bawdsey   Laurence Potter
8 Mar Peacock -  along the road from Barningham to Coney Weston at around 11.00hrs Barningham TL9577 John Light
8 Mar Peacock - in my Barningham garden at aound 12:00hrs and 15C in the shade Barningham TL9577 John Light
8 Mar The morning of Sunday 8th March was just as bright and warm as the forecast had promised.  I saw my first butterfly of 2015 in my Bury St Edmunds garden at 11am with a temperature of 17C; unseasonably warm for early March.  It was a Peacock, and it took a moment to dawn on me that it was probably the one that had spent the winter hibernating in our garage.  A quick check confirmed that it was no longer in the garage, where I had seen it just 48 hours earlier.  This was the very same insect that featured on p.10 of the Spring issue of Suffolk Argus. Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
8 Mar Brimstone Holywells Park   Susan Sidle
8 Mar Small Tortoiseshell at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM183452 Julie Harrison
8 Mar Brimstone at Holywells Park Ipswich   Julie Harrison
8 Mar A walk in Wherstead Wood today looking for White Admiral hibernaculum.  A couple were located.  Also seen on the edge of the wood were two Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock. Wherstead Wood   Kev Ling
8 Mar Midday sighting of a brimstone towards the bottom of Hervey Street Ipswich   Mark Arbon
8 Mar Brimstone Rendham   M J Deans
7 Mar Brimstone Rendham   M J Deans
7 Mar Brimstone Wickham Market TM302563 Kerry Reeve
7 Mar Peacock butterfly - sunning itself on a garden wall near Halesworth. = Halesworth   Tony Hopkins
7 Mar 4 Small Tortoiseshells Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
7 Mar 2 Brimstone & 1 Small Tortoiseshell in sun-traps sheltered from the wind which got colder and stronger by mid-afternoon. North End Exning TL6066 Twm Wade
7 Mar Small Tortoiseshell on cowpasture allotments, sunning   TM298359 Brian Ranner
7 Mar Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell x 2 Corton Woods   Jane Ferguson
7 Mar 2 Red Admirals NE Ipswich   Lynne Hall
7 Mar Small Tortoiseshell SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
7 Mar Saw our 1st Brimstone today (male) in our garden in Wortham near Diss. Wortham   Susan Sidle
6 Mar Small Tortoiseshell on Virburnham at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM183452 Julie Harrison
6 Mar I also saw a small tortoiseshell at Center Parcs today Center Parcs   Graham Hersey
6 Mar We had a Small Tortoiseshell in our garden today   TL881413 Martin Peers
6 Mar
We had a male Brimstone fluttering around the ivy in the garden today
    Julian Dowding
5 Mar Saw Small White at Martlesham Martlesham   Gi Grieco
4 Mar Red admiral nectaring on daphne and tree sap this afternoon in our garden, two miles north of Halesworth.  Perfect condition. Halesworth   Tony Hopkins
         
February        
27 Feb Small Tortoiseshell Aldeburgh   Bill Stone
18 Feb Red Admiral seen in garden late morning Waldringfield   Peter Maddison
18 Feb I saw a Red Admiral this afternoon off Trafalgar Close Ipswich   Dave Basham
17 Feb I would like to report seeing a Red Admiral  on Virburnum Tinus at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM 183 452 Julie Harrison
17 Feb 2 Red Admirals at Purdis Heath today, one morning, the other afternoon. Neil had a Comma last week. Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
15 Feb Red admiral home garden, sunning and on sarcococca flowers   TM302346 Brian Ranner
15 Feb Peacock settled in plants on saltings Orwell Shore TM200399 Brian Ranner
15 Feb A Peacock butterfly was flying over the rough grass area at 13.20hrs. It seemed to disappear into a group of broom. Alton Water TM1536 John Glazebrook
13 Feb Red Admiral in back garden Bredfield Road Woodbridge Woodbridge   Laurence Potter
         
January        
27 Jan I had a Small Tortoiseshell in my garden this afternoon. Lowestoft TM522909 Bill Whybrow.
14 Jan Red Admiral flying in Elmswell IP30, 4 degrees but sunny   1:49 pm Elmswell   Peter Rutt
9 Jan Amazed to see a strongly coloured Red Admiral in my small garden at lunch time today.  Landed on my washing near an ivy covered fence.  Fluttered around for ages.  I live on Suffolk/Norfolk border about 6 miles inland. Worlingham   Helen Smith
2 Jan I would like to report the sighting of one Red Admiral  (photo click here) Bawdsey   Robert Brown
2 Jan We saw a Red Admiral near the boathouse at Holbrook Creek flying round an ivy hedge in the sunshine. Holbrook Creek   David & Margie Carter
         

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Photographs from 2015 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)



Red Admiral - Photo by Robert Brown


Scarce Tortoiseshell - Photo by Will Brame

Scarce Tortoiseshell - Photo by Will Brame

Comma - Photo by Robert Brown

Small Tortoiseshell abberation - Photo by Sam Chamberlin

Brimstone and Peacock on Ground Ivy - photo by Andrew Leng

Peacocks - Photo by Andrew Leng

White Admiral Larva - photo by Kev Ling

White Admiral Larva - photo by Kev Ling

Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth - Photo by David and Lilian Pitt

Brown Argus - Photo by David and Lilian Pitt

Small Coppers - Photo by David and Lilian Pitt

Small Heath - Photo by David and Lilian Pitt

Dingy Skipper - photo by Martin Rogers


Adela reaumurella - photo by Richard Perryman

Adela reaumurella - photo by Richard Perryman

Orange-tip larva - photo by Kevin Ling

Green Hairstreak - photo by David Pitt

Wall - photo by Alan Fisher

Wall - photo by Alan Fisher

Clouded Yellow - photo by Barry Woodhouse

Orange-tips - photo bt Alan Fisher

Wall - photo by Bill Whybrow

Orange-tip - photo by Bill Whybrow

Small Copper abberation - photo by Matthew Garnham

Wall - photo by Robert Quadling

Wall - photo by Robert Quadling

Green Hairstreak - photo by Rab King

Common Blue - photo by Rab King

Silver-studded Blue larva - photo by David Dowding

Large Skipper - photo by David Pitt

Brimstone Larva - photo by Sam Chamberlin

Large Skipper - photo by Robert Quadling

Wall at Carlton Marshes - photo by Robert Quadling

Wall at Hollesley Marshes - photo by David Carter

Wall at Hollesley Marshes - photo by David Carter

Painted Lady - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Common Blue - photo by Tim Wesley

Common Blue - photo by Tim Wesley

nemophora degeerella - photo by David Pitt

Silver-studded Blue - photo by David Dowding

Painted Lady - photo bt William Brame

Green Hairstreak - photo by William Brame

Meadow Brown - photo by Peter Maddison

Silver-studded Blue - photo Robert Brown

Painted Lady - photo by Rachel Spurdens

Painted Lady - photo by Rachel Spurdens

Peacock larvae - photo by Twm Wade

Clouded Yellow - photo by Dave Borderick

Small Skipper - photo by William Brame

Small Skipper - photo by William Brame

Silver-washed Fririllary - photo by Mike Dean

Dark-green Fritillary - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Marbled White - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

White-letter Hairsteak - photo bt Liz Cutting

Purple Hairstreak - photo by David Carter

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo by David Carter

White Admiral - photo by Rachel Spurdens

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo by Rachel Spurdens

Grayling - photo by David Pitt
     

SBBC event at Bonny Wood

Purple Emperor in Bonny Wood

Purple Emperor in Bonny Wood
 
Purple Emperor in Bonny Wood

Forester moth - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Forester moth - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Chalkhill Blue - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Chalkhill Blue - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Chalkhill Blue - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Whites - photo by Steve Aylward

Purple Emperor - photo by Richard Mason

Purple Emperor and Comma- photo by Richard Mason
     

Small Copper - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Brown Argus - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Silver-washed Fritillary var. valezina - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Red Admiral - photo by Richard Perryman

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo by Richard Perryman

White Admiral - photo by Richard Perryman

Purple Emperor - photo by Richard Perryman

Grayling - photo by Liz Cutting

Gatekeeper aberration - photo by William Brame

Pine Hawk Moth - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Pheonix - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Grayling - photo by Steven Ramsey

Queen of Spain Fritillary - photo by Ricky Fairhaed

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo by Roger Seaman

Purple Emperor - photo by Kerry Reeve

Purple Hairstreak - photo by Simon Jeffs

Grayling - photo by Mark Brown

Doomed Gatekeeper - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Brimstone - photo by Trevor Goodfellow




Moth Night at Purdis Heath - photos by Julian Dowding


Purple Emperors at Theberton  photos by Trevor and Dorothy Moye

Purple Emperors at Theberton  photos by Trevor and Dorothy Moye

Purple Emperors at Theberton  photos by Trevor and Dorothy Moye

Purple Emperors at Theberton  photos by Trevor and Dorothy Moye

Purple Emperors at Theberton  photos by Trevor and Dorothy Moye


SBBC at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
 
Common Blue - photo by Trevor Goodfellow
 
Wall - photo by Robert Quadling
 
Wall - photo by Robert Quadling
 
Long-tailed Blue - photo by Bill Plumb
 
Long-tailed Blue - photo by Bill Plumb
 Long-tailed Blue - photo by Bill Plumb

Large White - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Tiger Spider - photo bt Trevor Goodfellow
 

Painted Lady - photo by Simon Jeffs

Holly Blue - photo by Simon Jeffs

Green-veined White - photo by Simon Jeffs

Silver-washed Fritillary - photo by Tim Wesley

Clouded Yellow - photo by Charles Cuthbert

Common Blue - photo by Charles Cuthbert

Wall - photo by Robert Quadling

Hummingbird Hawkmoth larva - photo by Mark Brown

White Admiral - photo by Geraldine Smith

Wall - photo by Robert Quadling

Clouded Yellow - photo by Bill Stone

Grayling - photo by Karen Howlett

Clouded Yellow helice - photo by Roger Seaman
Brimstone - photo by Simon Jeffs Painted Lady abberation - photo by David Carter  

Clouded Yellow -

Clouded Yellow helice - photo by Bill Plumb

Clouded Yellow helice - photo by Bill Plumb

Hummingbird Hawkmoth - photo by Richard Perryman
Small Copper - photo by Bill Plumb Wall - photo by Paul Wigens  
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